In memory of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution

Research & Disaster Reports

Full-Time Researchers

Research Department Director >> Kazuyuki Yoshinaga
Research Lead >> Saneyuki Udagawa
Principal Investigator >> Sotaro Tsuboi  >> Yuko Araki  >> Yosuke Takada
Researcher >> Taku Sugano  >> Hironobu Nakabayashi  >> Anna Matsukawa  >> Tomoki Motozuka  >> Aya Tsujioka
Research Investigator >> Tetsuji Ueno
Special Research Investigator >> Taisuke Yoko’o  >> Ai Yamamoto

>> Research Fellows

Kazuyuki Yoshinaga, Director of Research Department
Kazuyuki Yoshinaga, Director of Research Department

  • Expertise
    Public Administration on Disaster Management, International Disaster Management
  • Background
    -Graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Doshisha University, March 1986
    -Hired by the Hyogo Prefectural Government, April 1989
    -Administrative Manager, Asian Disaster Reduction Center, April 2002 – March 2005
    -Assistant Director, Planning Division, Disaster Management & Planning Bureau, Hyogo Prefecture, April 2005 – March 2008
    -Earthquake Disaster Countermeasures Specialty Official, Fire and Disaster Management Agency, Government of Japan, April 2008 – March 2010
    -Deputy Director, Emergency Response Division, Disaster Response Bureau, Hyogo Prefecture, April 2010 – March 2012
    -Deputy Director, Hyogo Mutual Aid Fund for Housing Reconstruction, April 2012 – March 2014
    -Administrative Director, Hyogo Prefectural Miki Emergency Management Base, April 2014 – March 2016
    -Obtained present post in April 2016

Saneyuki Udagawa, Research Lead
Saneyuki Udagawa, Research Lead

  • Expertise
    Disaster Management Information
  • Background

    • Graduated from the Department of Earth and Planetary Physics, the University of Tokyo in March 1995.
    • Completed a master’s program in earth and planetary physics at the Graduate School of Earth and Planetary Physics, the University of Tokyo in March 1997.
    • Completed a doctoral program in earth and planetary physics at the Graduate School of Earth and Planetary Physics, the University of Tokyo in March 2000. Doctorate in Physics.
    • Researcher, the University Museum, the University of Tokyo, April – December 2000.
    • COE Researcher, Earthquake Research Institute, the University of Tokyo, January – March 2001.
    • COE Researcher, the Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, April – December 2001.
    • Employed at CTI Engineering, March 2008 – January 2012.
    • Obtained present post in April 2008.

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Sotaro Tsuboi, Principal Investigator
Sotaro Tsuboi, Researcher

  • Expertise
    Urban Disaster Management Studies, Urban Geography, Geography Pedagogy, Social Technology
  • Background

    • Gradated from the Department of History, Faculty of Letters, Hosei University, March 1993.
    • Mitsukoshi Department Store, Nagoya, April 2003 – March 1999.
    • Completed a master’s program in geography at the Department of Geography, Meiji University in April 1999.
    • Completed a doctoral program in urban science at the Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University in April 2001.
    • Researcher, Laboratory of Regional Design with Ecology, Hosei University, April 2005.
    • Researcher, Japan Science and Technology Agency, April 2006 – September 2006. Researcher, Water Resources Research Center, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University until March 2007. Researcher, Open Research Center, Rissho University until March 2008.
    • Instructor and student of geography, Department of Geography, Meiji University, April 2007 – March 2011. Instructor and student of geography, Department of Geography, Meiji University, April 2013 – March 2015.
    • Instructor and student of geography, Department of Geography, Komazawa University, April 2008 – March 2009. Instructor and student, Department of Sociology, Rikkyo University, until March 2011. Research Investigator, Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry, until March 2011.
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanic Architecture and Engineering, April 2011 – March 2013. Associate Professor, College of Science and Technology, Nihon University, until March 2015.
    • Obtained present post in April 2015.

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Yuko Araki, Principal Investigator
Yuko Araki, Researcher

  • Expertise
    Architecture, Local Disaster Management, Community Reconstruction
  • Background

    • Graduated with a degree in environmental design from the Department of Beauty, School of Education, Tokyo Gakugei University in March 1996.
    • Employed at Q-Architecture Laboratory, April 1996 – September 1997.
    • Employed at Sueyoshi Eizo Planning Research Institute, October 1997 – September 1998.
    • Employed at Asabuki Design Office, October 1998 – January 2001, July 2003 – March 2010.
    • Employed at SEEDS Asia, June 2011 – March 2012.
    • Completed a master’s program in community cooperation policy at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University in March 2012.
    • Researcher, Research & Investigation Center, Hyogo Earthquake Memorial 21st Century Research Institute, January 2014 – March 2015.
    • Completed a doctoral program in architectonics at the Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University in March 2015. Doctorate (Science)
    • Obtained present post in April 2015.

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Yosuke Takada, Principal Investigator
Yosuke Takada, Principal Investigator

  • Expertise
    Disaster Medicine, Disaster Nursing, International Emergency Aid
  • Background

    • Graduated from the Nursing Department, Chukyo Hospital Affiliated Nursing School in March 1999.
    • Employed at Osaka Prefectural Senri Critical care Medical Center (now Saiseikai Senri Hospital), April 1999 – March 2008.
    • Graduated from the College of Nursing Art and Science, University of Hyogo (following a transfer) in March 2010.
    • Completed a master’s program in health sciences at Graduate School of Health Sciences, Kobe University, in March 2012.
    • Obtained present post in April 2012.

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Taku Sugano, Researcher
Taku Sugano, Researcher

  • Expertise
    Disaster Reconstruction Assistance, Resettlement Assistance, Anthropogeography
  • Background

    • Graduated from the Department of Force and Biomaterials Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University in March 2005.
    • Completed a program at the Division of Forest and Biomaterials Science, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University in March 2007.
    • Researcher/Consultant, Consulting Division, Nomura Research Institute, April 2007 – March 2010.
    • Office Director, Planning & Research Office Director (and other posts), Personal Support Center, July 2011 – March 2014.
    • Partially completed doctoral program in geography at the Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences, Osaka City University in March 2014.
    • Obtained present post in April 2014.

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Hironobu Nakabayashi, Researcher
Hironobu Nakabayashi, Researcher

  • Expertise
    Crisis Management Studies, International Relations, Governance Theory, Security Studies (Non-Traditional Security Studies)
  • Background

    • Graduated from Department of History, Ritsumeikan University in March 2000
    • Finished Master`s course at Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University in March 2002.
    • Completed Doctor course at Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University in March 2008 (Receiving Ph.D in Media and Governance in March 2010).
    • Employed as Associate Researcher / Chief Researcher at Japan’s Independent Institute Inc. during February 2006 – September 2010.
    • Employed as Research Fellow at Meiji University Research Center for Crisis and Contingency Management during December 2009 – February 2013.
    • Employed as Fellow at Okinawa Prefectural Government Exective office of the Governor Regional Security Policy Division during February 2013 – March 2016.
    • Obtained present post in April 2016.

Anna Matsukawa, Researcher
Anna Matsukawa, Researcher

  • Expertise
    Environmental Criminology, Sociological Criminology, Crime Prevention, Disaster Mitigation, Social Capital, People with Special Need at the Time of Disaster
  • Background

    • 2002, Graduated from Osaka Jogakuin Senior High School
    • 2005, Graduated from Santa Monica College (Liberal Arts)
    • 2007, Graduated from University of California, Irvine (Criminology, Law and Society)
    • 2010, Graduated from Graduated School of Sociology, Doshisha University (Sociology MA)
    • 2013, Completed from Graduated School of Sociology, Doshisha University (Sociology D)
    • 2014, Earned PhD (Sociology) at Doshisha University
    • From 2013 through 2016, obtained as an Associate Researcher at Doshisha University.
    • April 2016, Obtained present post.

Tomoki Motozuka, Researcher
Tomoki Motozuka, Researcher

  • Expertise
    Initial response, Regional Disaster Prevention
  • Background

    • Graduated from the Department of Environmental Systems, Faculty of Systems Engineering, Wakayama University in March 2006.
    • Completed a master’s program in Engineering at Graduate School of Systems Engineering, Wakayama University in March 2008.
    • Completed a doctoral program in Environmental Engineering at the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University in March 2014. Doctorate (Engineering)
    • Part-time staff, Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, April 2014 – October 2014.
    • Part-time Lecturer, Department of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University, April 2014 –
    • Research Associate, Disaster Management Research & Education Center, Wakayama University, October 2014 – March 2016.
    • Obtained present post in April 2016.

Aya Tsujioka, Researcher
Aya Tsujioka, Researcher
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Tetsuji Ueno, Research Investigator
Tetsuji Ueno, Research Investigator

  • Expertise
    Disaster Management Administration
  • Background

    • Gradated from the Faculty of Economics, Department of Economics, Chuo University, March 1990.
    • Hired by the Gifu Prefectural Government in November 1991.
    • Disaster Management Section and Policy Section , Crisis Management Department, Gifu Prefecture, April 2014
    • Disaster Management Section, Crisis Management Department, Gifu Prefecture, April 2015
    • Obtained present post in April 2016 (Hyogo Earthquake Memorial 21st Century Research Institute, affiliated with the Disaster Management Section and Policy Section, Crisis Management Department, Gifu Prefecture).

Taisuke Yoko’o, Special Research Investigator
Taisuke Yoko'o, Special Research Investigator

  • Expertise
    Disaster News, Disaster Management Information
  • Background

    • Graduated from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Waseda University in March 1998.
    • Hired by NHK as an announcer in April 1998.
    • NHK Aomori, May 1998 – July 2003.
    • NHK Saitama, July 2003 – April 2006.
    • Tokyo Announcers’ Office, April 2006 – April 2012.
    • Announcer, Editing Department, NHK Osaka, since April 2012.

Ai Yamamoto, Special Research Investigator
Ai Yamamoto, Special Research Investigator

  • Expertise
    Disaster News, Disaster Management Information
  • Background

    • ※Coming Soon