Practical Research and Collaboration Division
Disaster Education Research and Implementation Lab
Research Subject(s)
(1) Sustainable community development for disaster resilience
(2) Human resources development for disaster risk reduction
(3) Reserch and Development of disaster education for DRR
Key Words
School Safety / Disaster Education for Disaster Risk Reduction / Community Development for Disaster Resilience / Human Resources Development for DRR
Research Activities

International Collaborating Center of Disaster Education Research and Implementation of Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University, made an practical guide for teachers who are interested in implementing the R-DRR mapping, based on the five years of practical experience at the ten schools in the 2012-2016 school years in Ishinomaki. The authors hope it will become a guide for all who are interested in R-DRR mapping, not only in Ishinomaki but across Japan and around the world.

Based on experiences and lessons learned from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, there are strong demands for strengthening disaster education and disaster management at schools in Japan. Among those, strengthening partnerships among schools, households, and community is one of the key indispensable areas to enhancing community resilience. It is thought that Japan is expected to be a leader in developing a model for the collaboration among schools, households, and the communities in the field of disaster education.

The “Sendai Cooperation Initiative for Disaster Risk Reduction” was announced as Japan’s contribution measures at the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Community development for disaster resilience and disaster education for disaster risk reduction is recognized as a key measure. This involves promoting community-based education for disaster risk reduction  and community development for Sustainable community development for disaster resilience.

Selected Works

Aiko Sakurai, Takeshi Sato, Yoshiyuki Murayama (2020). Impact evaluation of a school-based disaster education program in a city affected by the 2011 great East Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 47, doi:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101632

T. Sato, A. Sakurai, A. Shibayama and S. Masuda (2020). Place-Based Activities of SENDAI BOSAI Leaders (SBLs) for Disaster Risk Reduction, 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering

Takeshi Sato, Aiko Sakurai, Yuki Sadaike et al. (2018). Sustainable Community Development for Disaster Resilience and Human Resources Development for Disaster Risk Reduction - Katahira-Style Disaster Resilient Community Development -, Journal of Disaster Research, 13(7), 1288-1297, doi:10.20965/jdr.2018.p1288

Selected Memberships
  • The Japanese Association of Safety Education
  • Architectural Institute of Japan
  • Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science
  • Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering
  • Institute of Social Safety Science
  • Japanese Association for Disaster Medicine
  • JApan Society for Disaster Information Studies