CH-DRM Network,Japan

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

Message from the President

National Task Force for the Cultural Heritage Disaster Risk Mitigation Network (CH-DRM Net) was established in July 2014 following the work of the Committee for Salvaging Cultural Properties initiated in response to the devastation wrecked by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
Over the more than four years since then the network has been expanded and strengthened to include a total of 24 museums, libraries, archives, academic societies, and other organizations in Japan.
We are especially grateful to have the support of local authorities and networks for historical materials, as well as many people in a broad range of fields.
This network is sorely needed as Japan is hit over and over again by natural disasters that bring great urgency to the effort to protect and salvage our invaluable cultural heritage.
The most recent onslaught of natural disasters include the torrential rains of 2015 in the Kanto and Tohoku regions, the Kumamoto and Tottori earthquakes of 2016, the torrential rains of 2017 in northern Kyushu, and, most recently, the 2018 earthquakes in Osaka and Hokkaido, torrential rains in western Japan, and several typhoons.
We are currently working to further strengthen our collaborative ties with the Agency for Cultural Affairs and other related organizations for a more robust CH-DRM Net.
We ask for your continued support and encouragement in promoting our efforts.
Developing a Framework for Mitigating the Effect of Disasters on Cultural Heritage in Japan.

November 2017
Director, Headquarters of the National Task Force for the Cultural Heritage Disaster Risk Mitigation Network, Japan
President, National Institutes for Cultural Heritage (NICH), an Independent Administrative Institution

Keiji Matsumura