Pamphlet for Global COE Program for Education, Research and Development of Strategy on Disaster Mitigation of Cultural Heritage and Historic Cities. Available for download


45th Kyoto History Disaster Seminar (July 13, 2012)

Toshifumi YATA, professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Niigata University gave a presentation titled "Historical earthquakes and research into building collapse ratio." After giving a document-based explanation of case histories of historical earthquakes in the 16th and the 17th centuries, he touched on findings relating to building collapse ratio in the 1828 Sanjo Earthquake, the 1751 Takada Earthquake and the 1858 Hietsu Earthquake. A number of intriguing findings were presented, in particular that in instances where total collapse rate exceeded 50% and mortality rates exceeded 20% this served as a way of identifying the earthquake epicenter.

The 6th Symposium on Disaster Mitigation of Cultural Heritage and Historical Cities (July 7, 2012)

The 6th Symposium on Disaster Mitigation of Cultural Heritage and Historical Cities was held in Kyoto, and 160 persons participated in it. A total of 52 papers and reports were presented at the symposium related to disaster mitigation issues concerning historical cities and/or cultural heritages.

The research findings presented at the conference have been published as Disaster Mitigation of Cultural Heritage and Historical Cities, Vol. 6.

G-COE Project Meeting (June 30, 2012)

Presentations were given from each project group as follows, 1. Rohit Jigyasu, "Global Trends in Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage: Achievements and Challenges"; 2. Itoko Kitahara and Junzo Omura, "Location of cenotaph for tsunami in Tohoku area"; 3. Yu Ooka,"Damage caused to timber buildings by 2012 tornado"; 4. Dowon Kim,"Reconstruction of Honganji water supply system and its effect on fire spread prevention".

G-COE Project Meeting (May 12, 2012)

Reports were given from each project group as follows, 1. Minsuk Kim,"Disaster mitigation in conservation and management for Hahoe village,Korea"; 2. Ichiro Kawasaki, "Geoscientific circumstances  of Kyoto Imperial Palace, Shugakuin Imperial Villa, and Kofukuji temple"; 3. Yuko Ishida, "Carta del Rischio del Patrimonio Culturale in Italy"; 4. Siyanee Hirunsalee, "The Role of Italian Universities in Cultural Heritage Disaster Preventions".

G-COE Project Meeting(April 4, 2012)

Prof. Okubo, project leader, delivered an address outlining the project's objectives for this year. After that, each project group reported the results in the last year and research plans for this year.

44th Kyoto History Disaster Seminar (March 14, 2012)

Wataru IIJIMA, professor at the College of Literature, Aoyama Gakuin University, gave a presentation on "Infectious diseases as disasters: Environment, society and humans." He started by giving an outline of his previous research into the history of infectious diseases, and then highlighted the significance of the interaction between nature and human beings in infectious diseases. The changes brought to the environment when humans develop nature (through agriculture, urbanization, industrialization) are profoundly related to infectious diseases: he gave a number of examples—malaria, the plague, influenza, cholera, small pox, tuberculosis. Professor Iijima also touched on management of data on infectious diseases, pointing out the huge differences that exist from country to country.

43rd Kyoto History Disaster Seminar (January 20, 2012)

Michiko HAYASHI of the Department of Civil Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, gave a presentation on "Development and Transformations in the utilization of riverfront space of the Kamo River in Kyoto in the late Meiji era," in which she elucidated systems for utilizing the riverfront space of the river in summer periods, including leasing for commercial use and restaurant businesses, and how these systems worked in actuality, based on official documents relating to the renting and use of state-owned land. The talk gave a good idea of the role that the businesses of Ponto-cho, and their customers, played in how space came to be utilized, and how the Kyoto government limited their activities for the sake of flood control and conservation of the physical attractiveness of the area.