Disaster Humanities and Social Science Division
International Strategy for Disaster Mitigation Lab
Research Subject(s)
Disaster risk management, Universal disaster environmental simulator, Social system design and development for disaster mitigation, International disaster mitigation strategy, International disaster information network
Key Words
Urban Earthquake Disaster Mitigation Engineering / Strategy for Urban Disaster Mitigation / Urban Disaster Management
Research Activities

The research field is disaster management and urban safety from structural to non-structural measures to realize a disaster-resistant society with both hardware (mainly structural measures) and soft measures (system, education, various systems, etc.) approaches. On the hardware side, we are proposing retrofitting of masonry structures. While on the software measures we are conducting analysis of disaster management plan in developing countries.
In addition, we are working on development of effective hazard map and application of remote sensing in the field of comprehensive disaster management strategies.

Selected Works

・Masayuki Kohiyama, Anne S. Kiremidjian, Kimiro Meguro, Miho Ohara(2008) Incentives andDisincentives Analysis for Improving Policy for Seismic Risk Management of Homeowners in Japan, Natural Hazards Review, ASCE, Vol.9, No.4, pp.170-178

・Seiya Uyeda and Kimiro Meguro(2004)Earthquake Prediction, Seismic Hazard And Vulnerability, Proceedings of International Union of Geophysics and Geodesy Assembly 2003, 10pages

・Kimiro MEGURO and Hatem Tagel-Din(2001)Applied Element Simulation of RC Structure under Cyclic Loading, Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol.127, No.11, pp.1295-1305

Selected Memberships
  • Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science
  • Institute of Social Safety Science
  • Japan Society of Civil Engineers
  • Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
Selected Awards
  • Continuing International Contribution Award by Japan Society of Civil Engineers in 2007
  • The University Tokyo President’s Award in 2007
  • The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2010

Main affiliation: Director and Professor of International Center for Urban Safety Engineering at Institute of Industrial Science,  The University of Tokyo/Professor of Center for Integrated Disaster Information Research, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo