Fukushima University will launch an “earthquake disaster reconstruction study” based on the knowledge and experiences obtained in the process of helping rebuild areas hit by the March 2011 quake and tsunami, as well as the subsequent nuclear disaster.
The state-run university will receive some 200 million yen in research funds from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, a state-backed body for advancement of natural, social and human sciences, over the coming five years.
Fukushima University plans to utilize lessons from the natural and nuclear disasters in dealing with various major disasters that could hit Japan and the rest of the world in the future.
About 20 researchers from the university will form a team to promote the studies.
The team plans to look into actual conditions in Fukushima Prefecture after the natural and nuclear disasters and analyze reconstruction efforts there. The team will also look into similar efforts to rebuild disaster-hit areas overseas.
The team plans to work out model plans for industrial reconstruction based on geological conditions and the degree of damage as well as for the resumption of agriculture in areas contaminated with radiation. It will also organize symposiums and develop educational programs to send out the results of its studies at home and abroad.