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2016.7.27

Students and faculty from foreign universities visit areas affected by the disaster – Experiences of the APRU Summer School – (Vol. 31, Part 2)

Field Visit Afternoon: Tagajo City After lunch, we travelled to Tagajo City to begin the afternoon course. Tagajo was also severely damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.   First, we visited the disaster public housing in Sakuragi, and listened to the explanations by Mr. Hiroshi Suzuki, formerly the manager of the Construction Department of Tagajo City. Since this area was seriously impacted by the tsunami, this public housing complex was built making use of this experience; the…

2016.7.27

Students and faculty from foreign universities visit areas affected by the disaster – Experiences of the APRU Summer School – (Vol. 31, Part 1)

On Thursday, July 21, as part of the APRU Summer School, hosted by IRIDeS, approximately 40 university students and faculty visiting IRIDeS from overseas went on a field visit to the cities of Natori and Tagajo, both affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. This article is a report of this field visit written by a member of the IRIDeS Public Relations Office who accompanied the tour.   What is APRU? What is the Summer School? Associate Professor Takako Izumi APRU is the abbreviat…

2016.5.2

3D documentary “The Great Tsunami in Japan”

Upon request, IRIDeS screens the 3D documentary film “The Great Tsunami in Japan: reflecting on the 2011 disaster” (80min/25min, Japanese/English). The film was created by NHK Media Technology and supervised by IRIDeS Director and Professor Fumihiko Imamura, to pass on memories and experiences of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The film won an AIS Lumiere Japan Award (award category: Documentary) in 2014.   IRIDeS is equipped with the largest 3D screen among Japanese research i…

2016.4.27

Special photographs and a video: The fifth spring after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, April 2016

The IRIDeS Public Relations Office features a special issue of photographs and a video of disaster areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. We will continue to introduce how affected areas are today, occasionally from here on.   In late April, 2016, we visited Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture, and Kesennumua City and Minamisanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture, all of which were heavily affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Engineering works to reconstruct these pl…

2016.4.26

Preparing for World Tsunami Awareness Day

Last December, the UN General Assembly passed a unanimous resolution to recognize November 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day. The Japanese government took initiative of its adoption, in tribute to the episode of “Inamura-no-Hi”: On November 5, 1854 (of old calendar) during the Edo period, a great tsunami occurred after the Ansei Nankai earthquake. They say that Goryo Hamaguchi, a businessman of present-day Hirokawa Town in Wakayama Prefecture, realized the real danger of the tsunami and set fire …

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