Message from the Director


 As another spring dawns with typical spring weather and beautiful cherry blossoms, Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University celebrates 65 Years of Excellence in Research on disaster prevention and mitigation and being a Global Center of Excellence in research and education in the area of disaster risk reduction.
 On this occasion, I would like to congratulate all professors, associates, staff and students on this important jubilee of cerebrating 65th year of DPRI’s existence, and for the successful and meaningful work you have contributed over the years.
 This year, especially, marks a several milestones for DPRI. First the celebration of 65th Anniversary since its inception in 1951 - to commemorate the event, DPRI will exhibit its research work and findings at the Entrance of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) from 27 April to 30 June 2016 at Kasumigaseki, Tokyo, Japan.
 Secondly, the Natural Disaster Research Council (NRDC) was established by DPRI in 2001 as a representation of Japanese Academic community and is proud to celebrate its 15th Anniversary. NRDC functions include planning and investigation of natural disaster research, organizing reconnaissance teams for natural disaster events, organizing a system budget for natural disaster research, and establishing a natural disaster research network.
 Another milestone is the launching of the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI) since its approval at the Second Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction held at DPRI in March 2015. The First meeting of the Board of Directors (BoD) was held on 22 March 2016 at DPRI, Kyoto University, Japan. GADRI logo and the website were launched to commemorate the occasion. The logo is country specific and is available in different formats. At the BoD meeting, Prof. Andrew Collins, Leader, Disaster and Development Network (DDN), Northumbria University, UK, was appointed as BoD Chair and the GADRI Charter was finalized. You may find further details at the GADRI website.
 With increasing concentration of populations and extreme weather events aggravated by climate change as well as many other natural and/or human-related hazards, loss and damage from various disasters are increasing. People are constantly finding ways to reduce disaster risk. Today, there is increasing awareness among states to protect its people and international community to provide support to alleviate the burden of disasters affected areas. Among DPRI’s many functions, research, education, social contribution and administration, DPRI continues to support the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 priority areas and strive to be a leader in research and education on disaster risk reduction of the world and Japan keeping at the core of our hearts to contribute to building disaster resilient societies.
 I warmly welcome our new students and staff members to DPRI. We trust that you will join us in fulfilling the above goals to finding ways and enhance building resilience of population to global challenges posed by extreme weather events and other catastrophes.

Dr. Kaoru Takara
Professor and Director
Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI)
Kyoto University

April 2016


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