The Japan Collaboration Group invites academics and professionals to its monthly meetings to share their experiences and ideas.

July 13, 2021

Robert B. Olshansky

Robert B. Olshansky, Ph.D., FAICP, is Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Olshansky has studied recovery planning and management after numerous major disasters around the world, including ones in the U.S., Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Haiti. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and in 2004-05 and 2012-13, he was a Visiting Professor at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University.

July 13, 2021

井内 加奈子, Kanako Iuchi

Kanako Iuchi is an associate professor at the International Research Institute for Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University. Her research focuses on recovery after disasters, with a special interest in long-term community relocation. As a planner, she worked extensively on post-disaster recovery efforts and resilience rebuilding with international agencies including the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, in countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Turkey. 


June 8, 2021

Олеся Шаповалова, Olesia Shapovalova

Olesia Shapovalova is the Senior Expert of the Department of Strategy and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine. She has experience in UNFCCC Joint Implementation Projects between Ukraine and Japan under Kyoto Protocol (2009-2016), as an expert in the mitigation and Greenhouse Gas data collection. 

Presentation: Priorities of the Ukraine Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources

May 11, 2021

高橋 亮司, Ryoji Takahashi

Takahashi is the Project Manager of the Department of Urban and Regional Development, and Disaster Risk Reduction of Oriental Consultants Global in Japan. He has over 20 years of extensive national and international experience in disaster risk reduction. He has involved in more than 40 projects covering all disaster risk management cycles. Takahashi presented in many important international conferences such as the 5th and 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2012 and 2014, 2nd and 3rd UN World Conferences on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2005 and 2015.

Presentation: Seismic Risk Assessment and Utilization of Results for Building Resilience Against Earthquake Disaster