Public Relations

Lecture Meetings for the General Public

A total of 15 lecture meetings were held for the general public in FY 2012, including three in Yokosuka and one each in the cities of Tokyo, Yokohama, Sapporo, Sendai, Niigata, Nagoya, Kobe, Hiroshima, Takamatsu, Fukuoka and Naha. Among them, eleven lecture meetings were certified as CPD (Continuing Professional Development) programs that qualified for CPD credits from the Japan Society of Civil Engineers.

Sapporo City (October 2012)

Naha City (October 2012)

Open House

Open houses were conducted twice in FY 2012, in summer and fall. The summer event was intended to provide visitors, mostly children and families, with first-hand knowledge about the Institute. However, the fall open house targeted high-school students and adults, being intended to offer opportunities to learn about the most recent studies and achievements. The two open-house events aimed to cater to a wider range of visitors.

In regard to presenting the activities of the Institute, we explained how our activities, ranging from fundamental to state-of-the-art research, are contributing to and involved in people’s everyday lives. We did our best to explain things as simply as possible.

Summer Open House

Summer open house (July 28, 2012)

Our summer open house (Saturday, July 28, 2012) offered a variety of demonstration tests and exhibitions (world’s largest artificial tsunami, reproduction of liquefaction phenomena, underwater robots, etc.). Additionally, we arranged a number of events such as a stamp rally to encourage children and their parents to learn more about the Institute, or activities involving the handling of creatures in tidal flats. A total of 750 people visited the Institute that day.

A questionnaire survey was carried out on visitors to the summer open house (429 respondents, or approximately 57%). This survey revealed that the top three most interesting facilities were the “Large Hydro Geo Flume,” the “Earthquake Simulator” and the “Intertidal Flat Experimental Facility.” Furthermore, 96.5% of the respondents answered that the explanations were “good” in terms of their ease of understanding.

Other opinions were also favorable, including comments such as, “It allowed me to understand the power of tsunamis, and it was interesting. The details of the research were easy to understand,” and “It was interesting to experience tsunami simulations and see liquefaction experiments.” However, we also received responses such as the following: “There were parts where simpler explanations would have been appreciated so that even elementary school children would be able to understand.”

Fall open house (November 21, 2012)

Civil Engineering Day: Observation Meeting at the Institute (November 16, 2012)


Other Facility Tours

Facility tours

Facility tours were not limited to the open houses in summer and fall; the Institute has accepted visitors throughout the year. Facility tours are not limited to showing people around, but we also show people the research that is being conducted. This provides a good opportunity for us to cultivate greater understanding of the Institute, and we eagerly welcome all who want to come. We also endeavored to simplify our explanations in response to questions from visitors in order to promote deeper understanding. In FY 2012 the number of visitors, apart from the open houses, was 3,112.

Cooperation with “Yokosuka Children's University for Disaster Prevention”

Disaster Prevention Class of  Children’s
University for Disaster Prevention
(August 2012)

“Yokosuka Children’s University for Disaster Prevention” is a summer disaster prevention initiative to educate elementary school children living in Yokosuka City. Given the popularity of the event last fiscal year, the event was expanded from three groups in FY 2012, to four this year, and we cooperated in running the event. Four groups of elementary school (fifth-grade) children were brought in, totaling 183 students. We ran hands-on workshops over four days to teach them about “the differences between tsunamis and high tides,” and “liquefaction and resonance phenomena” using models and other tools.

Media Appearance

“Shinso Hodo Bankisha!” - Nippon Television
(March 10, 2012)

We actively participated in TV programs and press interviews to promote the sharing of information. PARI appeared 15 times on TV programs in FY 2012. We have been receiving numerous inquiries and requests for interviews from many TV stations and newspapers particularly since immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and we have taken great care in responding to them.

Regarding the earthquake and tsunami damage caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, our workers began field surveys immediately after the disaster to investigate the state of damage. At the same time, the analyses of field data and other PARI activities were covered in 68 articles for newspapers and specialized journals.

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