Message from the Director General

Creating Technologies that Contribute to the World

INADA Masahiro, the Director General, PARI

INADA Masahiro (Profile)

 In April 2016, three research centers – the National Maritime Research Institute (NMRI), the Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI), and the Electronic Navigation Research Institute (ENRI) – were merged to form a new national research and development agency, the National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology (MPAT). Now a part of MPAT, all of us working at PARI remain committed to maintaining our heritage as a research institute that has contributed to surveys, research, and technological advancement in port and airport development, and to continuing to serve our designated roles. After our predecessor organization, the Port and Harbour Research Institute, was created as a division of the Ministry of Transport in 1962, the organization provided technical support on numerous port, harbor, and airport projects, including the development of Kashima Port and the construction of Haneda International Airport and Kansai International Airport, and also conducted research activities that produced world-renowned results. Looking ahead, PARI will effectively collaborate with the two other research institutes it has been integrated with, in addition to continuing to work closely with the National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (NILIM) at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), in order to develop and extend the collaboration and consolidation in multidisciplinary research among the MPAT member institutes. By leveraging the synergistic effects of the consolidation of member institutes, PARI will strive to achieve maximum results in its research and development.

 Meanwhile, PARI’s current activities are carried out on the basis of the first mid-term plan (from FY 2016 through FY 2022). In this plan, PARI is focusing on the following four research and development challenges: Coastal Disaster Mitigation and Restoration, Formation of Infrastructure for Vigorous Economy and Society, Preservation of Marine Interests and Utilization of Oceans, and Creation and Utilization of Coastal Environment.

 For Coastal Disaster Mitigation and Restoration, we have been conducting research on topics such as estimating the damage caused by maximum-level earthquakes, storm surges and high waves, analyzing tsunami-induced scouring, and studying structural stability.

 For the Formation of Infrastructure for a Vigorous Economy and Society, we have been conducting research projects involving evaluation of the long-term durability of infrastructures, development of inspection and diagnostic technology, improvement of existing facilities, development of facility upgrading technology, and examination of methods to improve cargo-handling efficiency at container terminals, etc.

 For the Preservation of Marine Interests and Utilization of Oceans, we have been engaged in projects for the preservation of ports and harbors on remote islands and other territories of Japan in general, development of acoustic video cameras that serve as basic technology enabling i-Construction, and development of reasonable design techniques to create offshore wind power plants, etc.

 For the Creation and Utilization of Coastal Environments, our research has focused on developing a novel coastal ecosystem model that can quantify the amounts of blue carbon (i.e., mitigating effect) existing in various coastal areas, and also enable ocean-wave attenuation predictor models (i.e., adaptation effect) while considering the effects on the ecosystem.

 In executing these research activities, PARI will continuously strive to live up to its two major mottos, which are to conduct research at the world’s highest level and to make sure that the results of its research are useful in actual projects. In addition, PARI will promote government-led strategic international activities, including contributing to the expansion of infrastructures overseas and providing technical assistance to other countries. Furthermore, in order to tackle various technological challenges that encompass different research fields, PARI has internally set up five mission–driven centers (the International Research Center for Coastal Disasters, the Life Cycle Management Research Center, the Ocean Infrastructure and Offshore Wind Energy Research Center, the Productivity Improvement Research Center, and the Innovation Promotion Center), through which we intend to continuously enhance our collaboration with private-sector companies as well as with the Regional Development Bureau and other divisions of MLIT that manage project sites where our technologies are implemented. In view of the increasing number of natural disasters such as earthquakes, storm surges and high waves in recent years, there is an urgent need to improve the resilience of our national land. While recognizing the unique position of PARI as a research institute responsible for conducting practical R&D activities that can be utilized in actual on-site operations under the demanding natural conditions specific to Japan, we intend to continuously leverage all knowledge, human resources, and other assets that are available at PARI in order to provide disaster-prevention education to the public, respond to emergencies during earthquakes, tsunami, and other disasters, and assist post-disaster recovery efforts in a reliable manner.

 We would greatly appreciate your continued support.

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