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

Research & Disaster Reports

Core Research Projects (FY2015-17)

The DRI defines a core research topic as an issue lying at the heart of practical disaster management research. As an organization we promote core research projects in order to resolve these issues.

Core Research Topic: Research on the Nature of Interorganizational Coordination in Massive, Broad-Area Disasters

If an earthquake were to occur along the Nankai Trough, the presumption is that it would cause horrendous damage across a wide swath of land, just as the Great East Japan Earthquake did. In order to minimize the damage wrought by such a wide-ranging, massive earthquake, we need a mechanism by which disaster response organizations can coordinate effectively. However, the structures currently in place are insufficient for this task. In fact, their effectiveness has not even been examined. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to construct a framework for real interorganizational coordination that will work when a massive, broad-area disaster strikes.

Specifically, the goal is two-fold: to examine how to manage organizations to enable their effective response; and to structure disaster response operations as important tools enabling effective coordination, as well as to define the format (tentative) for conveying what resources there are and other information as they pertain to disaster response operations. In addition, based on the subsequent conclusions, this research will conduct disaster response drills and examine the issues at hand.

Core Research Projects

The research’s framework is separated into four major topics: 1) examine the nature of a proper framework and organizational structure for organizational management in disaster response, 2) construct a disaster response workflow and produce a format (tentative) for conveying what disaster response resources there are and other information, 3) measure and estimate amount of needed disaster response resources, and 4) design and execute disaster response drills and examine the issues at hand. In addition, when moving research forward, we define separate topics related to disaster response and consider each one individually. The researchers in charge of each topic for fiscal 2015 (April-March) are as follows.

Topics Researcher
Constructing a system of providing aid supplies by coordinating with private-sector logistics/distribution businesses Udagawa
Coordination between gov’t agencies and non-profits (NPOs, NGOs, etc.) Sugano
Constructing a disaster-time health crisis management system in coordination with disaster agencies Takata
Coordination between gov’t and outside organizations in administering evacuation shelters during major disasters Saito
Coordination between gov’t and outside organizations in managing support for those in need of nursing care Furumoto
General management of designated evacuation shelters in disaster zones Araki
Systems of coordinating with outside organizations to support isolated communities Ishihara
Consider thematic maps to enable effective coordination between gov’t institutions and outside institutions Tsuboi