The International Platform for Reducing Earthquake Diasters
La Plateforme internationale pour la prévention des catastrophes sismiques

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    • The Center for Better Living (CBL)

    • The Building Center of Japan (BCJ)

    • The Japan Building Disaster Prevention Association (JBDPA)

    The Kickoff Meeting

    Dates: 26-28 June 2007
    Venue: Tokyo-Tsukuba, Japan


    • Report of the Kickoff Meeting


    Summary, Day 1.pdf (65k) Background and Resolutions 27 June, 2007 in Tokyo, JAPAN
    Summary, Day 2.pdf (54k) 28 June, 2007 in Tsukuba, JAPAN
    Summary, Annex.pdf (184k) Expectations for the UNESCO Project, Submitted by participating countries
    Resolution, IISEE.pdf (806k) Resolution on the IISEE International Training Program

    June 26, 2007
    Welcome Party

    Pre-opening Party in casual style

    18:30 - 20:30 Welcome Party at an Izakaya restaurant


    June 27, 2007 at Mita Kaigisyo, Tokyo
    Morning Session
    Chairperson: Mr. Hiroki Sunohara,Director for International Building Codes Coordination, Housing Bureau, MLIT

    10:00 - 10:05 Opening Remarks

    Dr.Hiroto Izumi, Deputy Director -General, Housing Bureau, MLIT

    10:05 - 10:10 Congratulatory address

    Mr. Keiji Takenawa, as proxy for Mr. Kenji Seyama, Secretary-General,
    Japanese National Commission for UNESCO

    10:10 - 10:20 Introduction of Participants

    Self-introduction by all participants

    10:20 - 11:15 Introductory Remarks


    Dr. Badaoui Rouhban, Chief, Section for Disaster Reduction, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO
    "Towards a UNESCO joint project with MLIT, in cooperation with BRI, aimed at establishing an international platform for earthquake disaster mitigation and a system for post-earthquake studies"
    PPT (1M)

    Dr. Nobuo Hurukawa, Director, International Institute of Seismology
    and Earthquake Engineering (IISEE), BRI
    "Activities of IISEE"
    PPT (5M)

    Mr. Takashi Imamura, MLIT/BCJ (Secretariat)
    "What is the UNESCO Project?"
    PPT (1.5M)

    11:15 - 12:00 Keynote Speeches

    Prof. Yoshiaki Nakano, Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo
    "Necessity of Establishing Network in the field of Buildings and Housing"
    PPT (1.5M)

    Prof. Kenji Okazaki, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
    "International Activities for Earthquake Disaster Management"
    PPT (2.5M)

    12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break


    Afternoon Session
    Chairperson: Prof. Tsuneo Okada, Professor Emirates, University of Tokyo
    Vice-chairperson: Prof. Kenji Okazaki, GRIPS

    13:30 - 14:50 Country Reports

    Activities of each country and expectations for the "UNESCO Project"

    Prof. Ernesto Federico Cruz, Chief, Strong Motion Laboratory,
    Universidad Catolica de Chile, College of Engineering, CHILE
    "Unesco Project Kickoff Meeting"
    PPT (6.5M)

    Prof. Dr. Salah M. Mahmoud, President, National Research Institute
    of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG), Ministry of Scientific Research, EGYPT
    "Scientific and Techincal Cooperation between Egypt and Japan in the Field of Seismology"
    PPT (7.5M)

    Dr. Anita Firmanti, Head, Program and Cooperation Division, Research Institute for Human Settlements (RIHS), Agency for Research and Development, Ministry of Public Works, INDONESIA
    "Research and Development on Earthquake Disaster Mitigation in Indonesia"
    PPT (6.5M)

    Prof. Dr. Tanatkan Abakanov, Director, Institute of Seismology,
    Ministry of Science and Higher Education, KAZAKHSTAN
    "Seismological researches in Republic of Kazakhstan"
    PPT (6.5M)

    14:50 - 15:10 Coffee Break

    15:10 - 16:30 Country Reports

    Activities of each country and expectations for the "UNESCO Project"

    , Research Director, National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED), MEXICO
    "National Center for Disaster Prevention"
    PPT (3M)

    Dr. Carlos Zavala, Director, Japan-Peru Center for Earthquake Engineering Research
    and Disaster Mitigation (CISMID-FIC-UNI), PERU
    "Activities, Expectations and Ideas of CISMID"
    PPT (5M)

    Dr. Radu Vacareanu, Director, National Center for Seismic Risk Reduction (CNRRS)
    Ministry of Development, Public Works and Housing, ROMANIA
    "JICA Technical Cooperation Project in Romania & UNESCO Project"
    PPT (4M)

    Prof. Dr. Faruk Karadogan, Drector, Istanbul Technical University (ITU), TURKEY
    "Istanbul Technical University Structural and Earthquake Engineering Laboratory (STEEL)"
    PPT (2M)

    16:30 - 17:10 Free Discussion

    17:10 - 17:15 Closing Remarks

    Mr. Akira Muragishi, Deputy Chief Executive, BRI

    Reception Party

    Reception Party in formal style

    17:30 - 19:15 Reception Party

    June 28, 2007 at BRI, Tsukuba
    Field Trip to BRI

    11:00 - 12:00 Introduction on BRI and IISEE by Dr.Hurukawa

    12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break

    13:30 - 15:20 Observation of BRI facilities

    15:20 - 17:00 Free Discussion Coffee break included

    18:30 - 20:30 Reception Party Hosted by BRI


    Dr. Badaoui Rouhban UNESCO


    Prof. Dr. Faruk KaradoganITU


    Prof. Ernesto Federico Cruz Universidad Catolica de Chile

    Prof. Dr. Salah M. Mahmoud NRIAG

    Dr. Carlos Zavala CISMID-FIC-UNI

    Prof. Dr. Tanatkan Abakanov Ministry of Science and Higher Education

    Dr. Anita Firmanti RIHS

    Dr. Radu Vacareanu CNRRS

    Mr.Arief Sabaruddin RIHS

    Dr.Sos Margaryan IISEE


    Dr. Hiroto Izumi MLIT

    Mr. Keiji Takenawa MEXT

    Mr. Hiroki Sunohara MLIT

    Dr. Nobuo Hurukawa IISEE

    Mr. Takashi Imamura MLIT

    Prof. Yoshiaki NakanoUniversity of Tokyo

    Prof. Kenji Okazaki GRIPS

    Prof. Tsuneo Okada Tokyo

    Mr. Akira Muragishi NILIM

    Takashi IMAMURA; last updated on 1 March 2010; E-mail