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News related to the Great East Japan Earthquake

News related to the Great East Japan Earthquake

Crossing fields of study, mustering the "wisdom" of Waseda University
Commencing the publication of the Booklet 〈Thinking "Post-Quake" 〉 series

From left, "Class Management Strength Questioned in Times of Disaster" "Disaster-Resistant Electric Power Networks" "Great East Japan Earthquake and Convenience Stores"

Many teaching staff members from our university went to the affected areas directly after the earthquake to conduct surveys in their fields and start support activities. In May the Institute for Research on Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake was established and research and support activities are moving along through mid and long term projects.

And on this occasion, in order to provide the wider society with the knowledge, speculations and activities gained through these various research and support projects, Waseda Booklet 〈Thinking "Post-Quake"〉 by a group of writers centered around Waseda professors has been published. On November 28 the first series of three issues (photos) reached bookshop shelves. Publication will continue in the future, so please take the time to enjoy reading them.

Entrance examination fee exemption, enrollment fee・tuition fee reduction for 2012 Waseda University applicants affected by the earthquake

Waseda University, in order to ensure no exam takers wishing to enter our university decide against taking the entrance examination due to the disaster, has prepared support measures such as examination fee exemptions, enrollment and tuition fee reductions and adoption of payment grants prior to application.

In the past, tuition reductions after disasters have been available for those entering within one year of the disaster striking, however, taking into account the sheer scale of the Great East Japan Earthquake, 2012 new entrants affected by the disaster will also be eligible for reductions. Also, in regards to examination fees, eligible applicants will be exempted from fees for all undergraduate schools and graduate schools regardless of exam results.

Click here for further information (http://www.waseda.jp/jp/news11/111116_support.html)

Industry and academia cooperation results
Development of "AWARD-Demi," a soil improvement method also effective in preventing liquefaction

AWARD-Demi press conference (Professor Akagi is holding the microphone)

The laboratory of Professor Hirokazu Akagi, Faculty of Science and Engineering, in cooperation with Toda Corporation, Maeda Corporation, Hazama Corporation, Taiyo Kisokogyo, and Magma Corporation, have developed "AWARD-Demi", a deep soil improvement method using air bubble boring.

The method can be applied to various types of foundation and is effective in securing foundation stability, reducing subsidence and preventing lateral spread, and is also envisaged to have various uses such as liquefaction prevention in earthquakes and protection of nearby construction. Furthermore, it can control the development of excess sludge because it reduces the amount of water at time of construction, and as it can be applied to existing construction machinery, it is a highly cost-effective, environmentally friendly construction method. The need for measures against liquefaction has increased since the Great East Japan Earthquake, and a press conference was held on October 13 with the method introduced to many newspaper companies.

Related to this method, the Waseda University Research Collaboration and Promotion Center, in cooperation with each company, has submitted nine patents nationwide, and four internationally, and is progressing with practical implementation through technology transfer.

With aspirations for reconstruction 1700 participants sprint in the 1st Waseda Ekiden in the National Stadium

Participants waiting at the start

The "Rise Up Japan! Earthquake Reconstruction Charity Event 1st Waseda Ekiden in the National Stadium" was held on December 3. This event was proposed by the "Hello! Waseda Project", run by Waseda staff, in order to have fellow participants foster friendly relations as well as holding the same feeling of hope for a speedy recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, and was realized with the cooperation of many businesses, students and graduates. Part of the participation fees collected will go into the Hirayama Ikuo Volunteer Center (WAVOC) Reconstruction Support Fund.

Unfortunately, on the day of the event it rained, however, a total of 3000 people gathered at the National Stadium, including spectators and the 1700 participants centered on students, graduates and staff, as well as running friends and their children. With the OB running club featuring graduates Hideki Inomata and Takashi Kitazume, who contributed to last year's victory in the Hakone Ekiden, and Hideo Higashikokubaru, who is also an alumnus and marathon runner, appeared as guest runners, livening up the atmosphere.