Research Center for Disaster Reduction Systems
Disaster damage reduction by integrated disaster risk management
Developed countries like Japan are subject to a progression of disaster vulnerabilities as the urban social structures develop to a greater extent. Developing countries also face greaterﾂꀀ vulnerability caused by population increase, economic development and environmental problems. It is a grave concern that increased world vulnerability could increase the risk of catastrophic disasters. A catastrophic disaster strikes and spreads not only by powerful natural forces but also by human factors. Thus, an integrated disaster reduction system, including prevention, preparedness and resilience, must be promoted by establishing the “Science of Implementation” as a new study area, and by conducting a series of domestic and internationalﾂꀀ collaborative research efforts by a multidisciplinary team consisting of natural scientists, engineers, and social scientists.