Project Overviews

Research & Investigation Center

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The Research & Investigation Center conducts policy research with the distinctive characteristic of the Great Earthquake as a starting point, based on two policy research clusters which are primary research areas: "creating safe and secure communities policy research group" and "creating a society of coexistence policy research group".

When conducting investigative research, the research system has been enhanced by newly creating a "senior fellows" system to offer advice and proposals. Policy research councils have also been established with governmental departments related to each policy theme, which seeks to improve the function for policy proposals and communication for the application of research results back to society.

Major Projects

Independent Investigative Research

Conducts research on policy regarding creating safe and secure communities and creating a society of coexistence

Records (oral histories), organizes, and saves the accumulation of experiences and the lore of the Great Hanshin/Awaji Earthquake

Joint Research Support

Supports joint research with research organizations gathered in HAT Kobe

The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution

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To pass on the experiences and lessons of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake to future generations in order to contribute to a reduction of the effects of disasters, and in order to convey the dignity of life and importance of living together, Hyogo Prefecture, obtaining the support of the nation, established the "Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution" in April, 2002 and continues its operation.

The DRI features exhibits about the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake as well as performing practical disaster prevention research and human resources cultivation, while also running and supporting projects related to "Hyogo Safety Day" established by Hyogo Prefecture.

Major Projects


Operates the "Disaster Reduction Museum", "Human Renovation Museum" exhibits, holds planned exhibits

Collect/save materials

Collects, organizes, enters in a database materials related to the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and disaster prevention

Train disaster contingency specialists

Implements disaster contingency specialist training to cultivate human resources who will bear the core of disaster response in local governments

Practical disaster prevention research and raising young disaster prevention specialists

Conducts practical/comprehensive investigative research by young researchers which can be used for disaster emergency response and recovery/restoration in order to cultivate practical disaster prevention specialists

On-site disaster response support

When large-scale disasters occur, dispatches human resources who possess practical/systematic disaster response knowledge to disaster countermeasures headquarters, supplies information and gives advice


Supports projects such as the Disaster Reduction Alliance (DRA)

Hyogo Safety Day support projects and implements projects to increase awareness of disaster prevention/disaster reduction

Hyogo Institute for Traumatic Stress

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Based on an approach related to "the care of the spirit" for such problems as the emotional trauma of victims and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) triggered by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, Hyogo Prefecture established the "Institute for Traumatic Stress" in April, 2004, and continues its operation.

At the Institute, research and training, consultations, and clinical examinations are performed related to "the care of the spirit", along with the training of human resources based on the ideals of "human care" which enhance the dignity of life and the joy of living.

Major Projects


Practical research related to "the care of the spirit" by researchers (psychiatrists, clinical psychologist)

Human resource cultivation/training

Training for heath/medical/welfare related personnel engaged in "the care of the spirit"

Human care practical promotion courses to cultivate human resources who will practice and promote human care, and as a kind of that specialized human resource, holding musical therapist training courses

Consultation/clinical examinations

The establishment of a consultation room which responds to specialized consultations related to "the care of the spirit", along with the operation of a clinic which performs examinations and treatment by psychiatrists

Information transmission/popular dissemination

Transmission of research results and information by holding symposiums related to "the care of the spirit" and issuing publications


Cooperation with related organizations and the dispatch of support teams related to the care of the spirit when disasters, incidents, or accidents occur


The Academic Exchange Center holds symposiums, forums, seminars, and similar events while utilizing knowledge networks with researchers. Through such activities it transmits information regarding issues facing civilization in the twenty-first century such as creating safe and secure communities and realizing a society of coexistence.

Moreover, the center provides a comprehensive range of information about the institute's activities and research results through the research information magazine "21st Century Hyogo", the newsletter "Hem 21", and the institute's website.

The center additionally provides advanced learning opportunities by holding the Hyogo Courses and the 21st Century Civilization Research Seminars, which utilize the storage of diverse range of intellectual assets of some organizations, such as Hem21, universities and other research institutions, which are connected to Hyogo Prefecture.

Through exchanges involving students and researchers from Hyogo Prefecture and the Asia–Pacific region and other activities, the center enhances international academic exchange networks of universities in Hyogo and improves foundations for intellectual exchange.

Major Projects

21st century civilization promotion projects

Holds the 21st Century Civilization Symposium

Holds the Asia Pacific Forum, Awaji Conference

Research results and other information transmission projects

Issues the “Hem21” newsletter

Issues the research information magazine “21st Century Hyogo”

Academic exchange promotion projects

Holds Hyogo Courses

Holds the 21st Century Civilization Research Seminar

Short-term student exchange (HUMAP) between universities in Hyogo and the Asia-Pacific region / researcher exchange (HORN)

Supports managing Hyogo Administrative Policy Studies Association