Message from the Director General

Creating Technologies That Contribute to the World


Yoshiaki KURIYAMA (Profile)

     The Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI), along with the National Maritime Research Institute and the Electronic Navigation Research Institute, were integrated into the National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology (MPAT) in April 2016. This consolidation allowed PARI to relaunch itself as an institute dedicated to research in the field of ports and airports as well as related technology. The Port and Harbour Research Institute (PHRI), the predecessor of PARI, was established in 1962 as an independent institution of the Ministry of Transport. Since then, we have provided technical support for various port and airport projects, including the development of Kashima Port and the construction of Kansai International Airport, and our research results are highly regarded throughout the world. From this point on, we will further expand our research interests in cooperation with the other two institutes in order to maximize our research and development output.


     Regarding our webpages, “Management Strategy,” “Major Research,” and “Public Relations” under “About PARI” outline the first medium-to-long term plan (from fiscal years 2016 to 2022). We are focusing on four fields of research and development: “Coastal Disaster Mitigation and Restoration,” “Formation of Infrastructure for a Vigorous Economy and Society,” “Preservation of Marine Interests and Utilization of Oceans,” and “Creation and Utilization of the Coastal Environment.”


     In the field of “Coastal Disaster Mitigation and Restoration,” we have developed earthquake resistant construction methods for revetments in consideration of industrial facilities on reclaimed land in coastal areas based on results of large-scale shake table experiment and developed a numerical model of tsunami-induced fire. In addition, in order to focus on “Enhancement of Infrastructure for Vigorous Industries and Prosperous Society,” we visualized infiltration grouting process in soil by adjusting refractive index of material used in experiment. Moreover, we have improved underwater acoustic video cameras for “Preservation of Marine Interests and Utilization of Oceans.” Finally, for the “Creation and Utilization of the Coastal Environment,” we have promoted research on methods to mitigate climate change and adaptation effects for blue carbon.


     We have been conducting the above research with two mottos in mind: “Research at the World’s Highest Level” and “Application of Research Results to Actual Projects”. At the same time, we believe that we have contributed to the development of international infrastructure and technology transfer in foreign countries which remains a priority of the Japanese government.


     The 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake in April, 2016 caused disastrous damage over a wide area. We would like to offer our heartfelt sympathy for all affected by the disaster along with our sincere wishes for the earliest recovery and restoration of the stricken area. On the following day after the earthquake, we dispatched researchers to the area to conduct field investigations at port and airport facilities and prevent secondary hazards associated with the event. Consequently, our researchers are dedicated to offering high technology guidance for early restoration of disaster affected facilities. Our institute is unique in that our research and development can be practically applied to actual sites under harsh environmental circumstances. By utilizing our scientific knowledge and expertise, we will continue to examine measures to enhance disaster prevention, emergency programs and restoration works in the event of earthquakes and tsunamis.


     We would greatly appreciate your continued support.


(Last Updated: December 18th, 2017)

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