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Establishing overseas center for multifaceted disaster research on tsunami, earthquakes and eruptions
Installation of planar tsunami testing equipment and conveyance of the world standard in disaster mitigation research—Shibayama Laboratory (Faculty of Science and Engineering), etc.

Professor Tomoya Shibayama (Waseda University Faculty of Science and Engineering; Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering) is the representative of the project “Establishing a base for disaster research to internationally expand disaster mitigation research.” The project was selected in 2013 for the MEXT’s (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) “Program to Support the Formation of Strategic Research Base by Private Universities.” Disaster researchers from countries such as Canada, England, Iran, Indonesia, Thailand, Tanzania, Bhutan, Chile and Vietnam have gathered at Waseda University in order to create an international research center which performs multifaceted disaster research on tsunami, high water, earthquakes and eruptions. Also, equipment for generating a planar tsunami (4-meter wide, 10-meter long and 0.5-meter deep), a type of three-dimensional tsunami testing equipment, will be installed in 2013 and joint research will start by researchers from Japan and overseas. The research will utilize academic resources of Japan, a leading country in disaster research, as well as the tradition of disaster research which exists within the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Waseda University. Two research themes will be examined: 1) disaster mitigation technology for structural damage due to tsunami and earthquakes, and 2) clarification for the mechanism of multifaceted disasters and related disaster mitigation. The research will follow a 5-year plan to analyze disaster case from countries throughout the world, to create general and high-level methods of disaster research from Waseda University, and to clarify and respond to the form of multifaceted urban disasters.

Relationship diagram for research fields

Relationship diagram for research fields

Research roadmap

Year 1

Share information and prepare to form a base for disaster research by installing testing equipment including a three-dimensional tsunami/high-water testing tank, as well as by acquiring numerical models related to disasters from Waseda University.

Year 2

Create a package of disaster research methods utilizing experiences from the Tohoku Tsunami. Perform demonstration of research methods in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Years 3 and 4

Perform joint research with overseas researchers. In addition to creating general and high-level versions of previously developed disaster research methods, clarify the form of multifaceted urban disasters.

Year 5 (final year)

Hold an international workshop at Waseda University’s Okuma Auditorium. In addition to creating a comprehensive summary of research results, seek to permanently establish an international center for disaster research which is based around the Waseda University Faculty of Science and Engineering. Through G30, an international program of Waseda University which uses English as the language for acquiring undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees, and through the international base for disaster research, effectively convey research results to countries throughout the world and apply results to disaster mitigation strategy in each region.

Research roadmap (disaster mitigation technology to reduce structural damage caused by tsunami and earthquakes)


Shibayama Laboratory (Waseda University)

List of projects selected for the 2013 “Program to Support the Formation of Strategic Research Base by Private Universities” (MEXT homepage)