CH-DRM Network,Japan

Secretariat of the National Task Force
for the Cultural Heritage Disaster Risk Mitigation Network



Now that large-scale disasters occur frequently, so public concern is growing about how to protect and convey the tangible and intangible cultural heritage that has been left in the area. This symposium is hosted by Kyushu National Museum as one of the National Institute for Cultural Heritage, Promote the Networks for Cultural Heritage Disaster Risk.

In the keynote speech, we will welcome Mr Arata Hirakawa from Tohoku University as a lecturer who has been playing a front line in heritage conservation such as ancient documents that were left in the area and rescuing affected heritage. In the case debriefing and panel discussion, we will deepen the discussion about our action on cultural heritage disaster risk reduction and mitigation and role of disaster risk reduction and preservation for tangible/intangible cultural heritage.

Date: 14 Jun 2015(Sun) 10:00-17:00 (registration start 9:30)
Venue: Kyushu National Museum Museum hall
Organiser: Kyushu National Museum
Co-organizer:The Japan Society for the Conservation of Cultural Property
Charge:free(no pre-registration is needed)
Capacity:280 people

First section Keynote 10:05-11:30
“Learning from the history of the disaster and to be the society of disaster risk reduction and mitigation – thinking at the land of the Great East Japan Earthquake-”
Mr Arata Hirakawa(President of Miyagigakuin Women’s University,Tohoku University Professor Emeritus)

Second section Case report 11:35-15:15

Third section Panel discussion 15:30-16:55
“Thinking along with the region, disaster risk reduction and mitigation for cultural property – Regional History heritage, civic participation, university•museum, complete enumeration depopulation•aging•population decline, crisis management –

Contact Kyushu National Museum 092-918-2834


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.