Public symposium: “Exploring Disaster Risk Mitigation with Communities II”.

Safeguarding cultural heritage against disasters requires daily preparedness. This highlights the critical role of exhaustive surveys, in which individual object’s location and condition is meticulously recorded. Exhaustive surveys are normally conducted by experts, however, in recent years local citizens are also taking part in surveying and sorting objects within disaster affected areas. Such effort involving community members not only preserves cultural properties, but also empowers and stimulates local communities.

This symposium invites Dr. Miwa Karoku, who launched cultural heritage recovery organization following the Great Hanshin Earthquake and advocating the significance of exhaustive survey for the past decade, as a keynote speaker. The case study presentations introduce the latest examples of exhaustive surveys in Kyusyu Island, as well as the community-involving exhaustive surveys conducted following 1995 Hanshin Earthquake, 2004 Chuetsu Earthquake, and the 2013 Great East Japan Earthquake. Through these presentations, collaborative disaster mitigation measures carried out with local communities and citizens are explored.