Risk Evaluation and Disaster Mitigation Research Division
Tsunami Engineering Lab
Associate Professor (Specially Appointed)
Earthquake Induced Tsunami Risk Evaluation Lab (Tokio Marine and Nichido Fire Insurance) (Concurrent)

Research Subject(s)
I work on the standardization of disaster resilient smart city infrastructure. In addition I am also engaged in tourism and disaster management, as well as sustainability and disaster management in islands
Key Words
Tourism / disasters / ISO / urban planning / geography
Research Activities

This research examines the level of disaster preparedness of Japanese rail companies whose lines are expected to accommodate significant tourism traffic due to the Olympics and Rugby World Cup

We gathered disaster information material from train stations and within train cars to analyze the level of preparedness.

We analzyed the level of disaster preparedness of hotels impacted by past tsunamis. Identified obstacles towards preparedness, and methods to strengthen resiliency

Selected Works

    Nguyen, D., Onuki. M, Esteban M. (2019). Resiliency in tourism transportation: Case studies of Japanese railway companies preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (38). 

    Nguyen, D., Imamura F., Iuchi K. (2018). Barriers towards hotel disaster preparedness: Case Studies of Post 2011 Tsunami, Japan. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (28) 585-594.1.     

    Nguyen, D., Imamura F., Iuchi K. (2017). Evaluating collaborative disaster management planning in tourism: A case study on Matsushima, Japan. Tourism Management (61) 129-140.

Selected Awards
  • JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Tokyo, Monbukagakusho Scholarship at Tohoku University, JSPS Young Researcher Award

Originally from Hawaii, USA.  Bachelors and Masters from the University of Hawaii. Trained in disaster management and humanitarian assistance from the University of Hawaii.  Ph.D from Tohoku University. Experience in exchanges at Waseda University and the University of the Ryukyus