関西学院 災害復興制度研究所

Institute of Disaster Area Revitalization, Regrowth and Governance

About the Centre/institute:

Our institute is the first research facility in Japan devoted to research on revitalizing and regrowing disaster-struck areas. It was created on January 17, 2005, the tenth anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Kobe and neigboring areas in 1995. Since then, our institue has been made open to the public, joined by nationwide researchers, media representatives, volunteers and lawmakers.
In 2008, the institute took the initiative to create the Japan Society for Disaster Recovery and Revitalization.

Our missions are:
“Systematized recovery and revitalization philosophy”
“Institutionalized recovery and revitalization philosophy”
“Practice in line with recovery and revitalization philosophy”


We promote our researches from these three pillars, especially focusing the theme of “recovery and revitalization” which has been the weakest and thus unexplored research area in Japan, in terms of the disaster management cycle (prevention, emergency response, recovery and revitalization)
We aim to offer a foothold for the safety and secure world in this super-aged society as well as this unequal society.
Our institute tries to integrate actuals and research, and aims to find a way to pursue happiness of the affected people. We keep our researches to create institutionalized system for supporting “human-centered recovery”.


Research Focus/ Interests:

Research activities:
The institute has the following on-going projects;
- Study on establishment of mid-and long term evacuation plans in nuclear power plant regions.
- Study on upland relocation in the planning of pre-disaster recovery and revitalization for the Nankai trough Mega Earthquake
- International comparative study on disaster recovery and revitalization policies

A Network meeting of disaster-affected areas in Japan

There are various types of “recovery and revitalization knowledge” which emerge after a disaster. They will serve as a useful policy and help us to design a new social system for supporting the affected people who are tackling with this disaster prone country. These valuable pieces of knowledge, however, tends to remain only within the affected area, and often fails to transfer to other areas.
We organize a network meeting once a year to share these lessons from various disaster affected areas in Japan.


Academic papers from affiliated researchers

Okada Norio, 2018, “Participatory Risk Governance for Reducing Disaster and Societal Risks: Collaborative Knowledge Production and Implementation”, International journal of Disaster Risk Science
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Okada Norio, “Adaptive Process for SMART Community Governance under Persistent Disruptive Risks”
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Okada Norio, 2013, “The Yonmenkaigi System Method:An Implementation-Oriented Group Decision Support Approach”, Group Decision and Negotiation 22(1):53-67.
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Okada Norio, 2013, “Community-Based Decision Making in Japan”, Group Decision and Negotiation 22(1):45-52.
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Saito Yoko, 2014, “Progress or Repetition? Gender Perspectives in Disaster Management in Japan”, International Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management 23(2):98-111.
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Contact:
Institute of Disaster Area Revitalization, Regrowth and Governance, Kwansei Gakuin University
1-155 Uegahara Ichiban-Cho, Nishinomiya, Hyogo
662-8501
Phone: +81-798-54-6996
Fax: +81-798-54-6997
Mail: fukkou-entry[at]kwansei.ac.jp

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