Institute of Disaster Area Revitalization, Regrowth and Governance

About the Centre/institute:

Our institute is the first research facility in Japan devoted to research on revitalizing and regrowing disaster-struck areas. It was created on January 17, 2005, the tenth anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Kobe and neigboring areas in 1995. Since then, our institue has been made open to the public, joined by nationwide researchers, media representatives, volunteers and lawmakers.
In 2008, the institute took the initiative to create the Japan Society for Disaster Recovery and Revitalization.

Our missions are:
“Systematized recovery and revitalization philosophy”
“Institutionalized recovery and revitalization philosophy”
“Practice in line with recovery and revitalization philosophy”

We promote our researches from these three pillars, especially focusing the theme of “recovery and revitalization” which has been the weakest and thus unexplored research area in Japan, in terms of the disaster management cycle (prevention, emergency response, recovery and revitalization)
We aim to offer a foothold for the safety and secure world in this super-aged society as well as this unequal society.
Our institute tries to integrate actuals and research, and aims to find a way to pursue happiness of the affected people. We keep our researches to create institutionalized system for supporting “human-centered recovery”.