PARI Events in FY 2014

  1. Hosting / Co-Hosting of International Conferences, etc.

 In FY 2014, we hosted or co-hosted the "International Symposium on Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Mitigation in Latin America (Santiago, Chile)" unifying several international conferences including "The 12th International Workshop on Coastal Disaster Prevention" and "The 4th Japan-Chile Symposium on Tsunami Disaster Mitigation," "PIANC YP-Com Seminar in Yokohama (Yokohama)," and "The 13th International Workshop on Coastal Disaster Prevention (Taiwan)." In these conferences, active discussions were held mainly on earthquakes and tsunamis, such as the 2010 Chile Earthquake Tsunami, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake Tsunami, and earthquake tsunamis expected to occur in Chile in the future.

  1. Implementation of Administrative Support

Dispatching of researchers to various technical committees

 We dispatched a total of 165 researchers to various technical committees organized by nations and other similar organizations to solve technical issues concerning the execution of port, coastal, and airport public works by governments and local administrations. If we also include technical committees regarding ports, coasts, and airports established by various institutions, a total of 306 researchers were dispatched from PARI, and actively tackled technical issues faced by governments and other organizations.

Providing operational support for technical standards for ports, airports, etc.

 Regarding technical standards for ports, our researchers in FY 2014 once again took part in technical committees set up by the Ports and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (see above). Our researchers also gave lectures at the National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, conferences, and seminars organized by other relevant organizations, and contributed to the spread of technical standards.
 Meanwhile, regarding airport facilities, our researchers participated in various investigative commissions in preparation for the smooth introduction and operation of technical standards for airport civil engineering facilities.
 Furthermore, as in the port and airport fields, we actively provided technical supervision of technical standards at other relevant organizations, including regional bureaus of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Support for evaluation of new technologies

 In FY 2014, in response to a request of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (including regional development bureaux), PARI continued to offer technical support by dispatching special director-class researchers to the "New technology utilization evaluation conference" established by each organization for evaluating the practicality and applicability of the technologies to be registered in the "New Technology Information System" (so-called "NETIS") in order to promote the application of useful new technologies.

  1. Conclusion of Research Cooperation Agreements with Research Agencies

 In order to improve the quality and efficiency of research,PARI has increasingly collaborated with research agencies both in Japan and abroad, and we concluded cooperation agreements with seven domestic agencies and 27 overseas agencies, totaling 34, between FY 2003 and FY 2014.
 In FY 2014, we concluded five research cooperation agreements on coastal disaster prevention in Chile and Latin America with the Ministry of Public Works (MOP: Ministerio de Obras Públicas), Marine Department (DirecteMar), National Hydraulic Research Institute (INH: Instituto Nacional de Hidráulica), and National Research Center for Integrated Natural Disaster Management (CIGIDEN: Centro Nacional de Investigación para la Gestión Integrada de Desastres Naturales) in Chile.

 

Research cooperation agreements with four research institutions in Chile

 

Exchange of a memorandum between President Shigeo Takahashi and Antonia Bordas, Director of the Ports and Harbours Bureau,in the presence of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chilean President Michelle Bachele

 

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