President's Message

Creating Technologies that Contribute to the World

 The Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI), since the establishment of its predecessor institution in 1946, has conducted comprehensive research related to ports, airports, and other facilities, focusing on the coastal disaster prevention, environment and utilization of coastal and offshore areas.
 The Port and Harbour Research Institute was established in 1962 as an independent institution of the Ministry of Transport and was reorganized into PARI in 2001 as part of administrative reforms.
 Since then, PARI has conducted various researches in pursuit of two goals: developing innovative technology, and solving confronting problems.
 The Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011 was deeply shocking for us, as researchers of coastal disaster prevention.
 We feel that we could have done more. While reflecting on the tragedy, we continue to conduct surveys to assist the recovery and reconstruction, as well as research on disaster prevention in coastal areas.
 In particular, we are working on long-term research on preparing for worst-case scenarios, considering disaster mitigation to make coastal communities more resilient.
 We must be prepared not only for earthquakes and tsunamis but also for storm surges and high waves caused by typhoons.
 Environmental research is also important.
 In addition to the exploration of ecosystems of tidal flats and integrated management of the coastal environment, we have launched studies to tackle global environmental issues.
 We are also expanding the scope of our research related to the use of ocean energy as a renewable resource. Furthermore, we are committed to developing innovative construction technologies for marine facilities as a basis for utilization of the oceans.
 Along with research activities, we have conducted extensive exchanges and cooperation with domestic and international research agencies and researchers to invest greater effort not only in publishing papers and presenting research results at international conferences but also in organizing international conferences and international cooperation in research.
 In particular, we are continuing to work on the joint international project against tsunamis (SATREPS) begun with Chile in January 2012.
 Also, as the Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP), a national integrated research project, started in FY 2014, PARI participated in the SIP projects of ocean development, maintenance of coastal facilities, and prevention of earthquake and tsunami disasters in order to conduct comprehensive research in collaboration with many other organizations.
 Many of our research results are reflected in practical work as well as the revision of a total of 11 technical standards, including "Technical Standards and Commentaries for Port and Harbour Facilities in Japan," and the formulation of various guidelines.
 In April 2015 PARI changed from an independent administrative agency to a national research and development agency.
 The primary purpose of national research and development agencies is to maximize research results including not only the outputs but also the outcomes of researches.
 However, as described above, PARI has been aiming to maximize research results since the beginning of the Port and Harbour Research Institute of the Ministry of Transport, and thus our basic policies will never change.
 PARI continues to conduct innovative, forward-looking research on ports and airports.
 We would greatly appreciate your continued help and encouragement.

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