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Symposium on “Preparedness against volcanic disasters - Considering from the damages by 2022 volcanic eruptions in Tonga and disaster prediction of Mt. Fuji eruption -”Hosted by National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and Building Research Institute (BRI)



Volcanic eruptions have caused large damages around the world, such as the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai eruption and tsunami (HT-HH) in January 2022. Japan is one of the most volcanic countries in the world where volcanoes erupt frequently, and there are concerns about the impact of the eruption of Mt. Fuji on the Tokyo metropolitan area. In this symposium, we will exchange information on domestic and international efforts and technological trends, and consider issues that need to be addressed in the future.
Hosted by: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Building Research Institute

Facilitator: Masaru SUGAHARA (Professor, GRIPS)

Introductory Remarks: Tatsuya AZUHATA (Director, Dept. of Structural Engineering, BRI)

Part 1: Tonga HT-HH Volcanic Eruption Disaster and Preparedness

 Moderator: Bunichiro SHIBAZAKI (Director, International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake (IISEE))

 Speaker: Yushiro FUJII (Chief Research Scientist, IISEE, BRI)

     Manu Mele Siale (Assistant Geologist, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Kingdom of Tonga)

     Leger Victorina Stephanie Nodis (Chief Housing Sector Resilience Officer, Ministry of Infrastructure, Kingdom of Tonga)

     Toshiaki YOKOI (Senior Advisor, Global Environment Department, JICA)

Part 2: Disaster prediction of Mt. Fuji Eruption and preparedness

 Moderator: Tatsuya AZUHATA (Director, Dept. of Structural Engineering, BRI)

 Speaker: Eisuke FUJITA (Manager, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience)

     Toru TAKAHASHI (Professor, Chiba University)

     Go IWASHITA (Professor, Tokyo City University)


Click here for detail of the program agenda and speakers


This symposium can be viewed on PC, smartphone, etc (please install the ZOOM app in advance).Please register by January 15, 2023 via URL below or the QR code.

Application to: note that applications will be closed when capacity is reached.

Contact: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (e-mail: grips.dms[at]*When sending an inquiry email, Please replace [at] with “@”.


Date / Time 2023.1.16 Mon. 1:30pm-5:00pm
Venue Online (ZOOM webinar)
Fee Free of charge (Pre-registration required)
Language Japanese/English (Simultaneous interpretation)
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