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Recent activities
Events held between 2005 and 2007


Symposium on "Hazard Problem in Kyoto" was held on 6 February 2005 in Kyoto, in co-operation with Kyoto Institute of Local
Administration. Discussion was organized following the lectures of
  T. Shiki : Recent crustal movements around Kyoto warns next earthquake,
  M. Nakagawa : What is learned from the Typhoon 0423 hazards in Kyoto Prefecture,
  K. Okunishi : Typhoon hazards in 2004 claim new control policy, and
  M. Hirohara : Reformation of local governments affects hazard problems.

A debrief session o KOKUDOKEN was held on 18 June 2005 in Kyoto on the topics of the 2004 Flood hazards in the reaches of
R. Asuwa, Fukui Prefecture and current problem of the countermeasure of the landslide in the reservoir of the Otaki dam, Nara
Prefecture. The reporter was M. Sato, M. Nakagawa, J. Kainuma and T. Utami for the first topic, and K. Okunishi, T. Sato and S.
Shiotani for the second topic.

Excursion to River Hiji in Ehime Prefecture was held between 2nd and 4th of September 2005 to explore the beautiful river
and discuss the flood control policy of the drainage basin, particularly the protection of the city center of Ozu from inundation.
The research group of R. Hiji of KOKUDOKEN reported the intermediate-range result of the research on the natural and human
geography of the drainage basin, the problems of Kanogawa Dam in the headwaters of R. Hiji, the flood control of R. Hiji, and the
public agreement for the improvement and management of rivers, for the participants of the excursion and the local inhabitants.

A multi-disciplinary symposium on flood hazars was held on 17 December 2005 in Kyoto. The topics presented were:
   Climatic changes and their relevance with meteorological hazards by T. Terao,
   Sociological examination of urban hazards in New Orleans induced by the hurricane Katrina by T. Kawane,
   Problems of R. Hiji, Ehime Prefecture which causes frequent inundations by N. Okushima,
   Influence of the forest conditions on flood runoff by M. Ueno, and
   Inspection of the administration of justice on the flood damage in the R. Hiki, Wakayama Prefecture by T. Kojima.

A symposium on road construction plan and road network plan was held on 17 June 2006 in Kyoto. After the keynote lectures
by T. Nakamura and D. Karube, reports of the citizen's activity were presented from different localities, and followed by free
discussion. A one-day tour was organized in the next day to explore the construction sites of the turnpike road of Kyoto City.

A meeting to commemorate late Prof. H. Kimura was held on 9 December 2006 in Kyoto. Presentation was given by
M. Musashino, T. Utami, T. Shiki, A. Horii, M. Suda, F. Matsumura, K. Maekawa, K. Nishida, K. Inaishi, I. Asano, and K. Okunishi.

A symposium on the inconsistency and difficulty in the water policy of Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture was held on 16 June 2007
in Kyoto. Lectures were given by M. Nakagawa, H. Yabuta, and Y. Kontani concerning the water-level control of Lake Biwa and
consequent influence on the flood risk of R. Uji coming from the lake. Finally M. Yoshihara gave a comprehensive lecture on
the environmental implication of the water resources development carried out by Japanese Government.

A symposium on the involvement of citizens in the public projects was held on 15 December 2007 in Kyoto. The key-note
lecture was given by M. Nakajima entitled "Creating public sphere in Japan", following which T. Nakamura, H. Yabuta, and
M. Miyasaka reported the current situation of the involvement of citizens in road planning, flood-control project in R. Yodo, and
Dam problem in Nagano Prefecture, respectively. Designated discussion was presented by K. Sato, T. Umehara, T. Kojima,
and M. Nakagawa as well as the opinions from the floor.

Journals published between 2005 and 2008 (all written in Japanese)

"KOKUDO-MONDAI" No. 66 published in March 2005 carries a featured article "Hazards induced by the organic slurry which occurs
   in a reservoir in Wakayama Prefecture".
"KOKUDO-MONDAI" No. 67 published in December 2005 carries a featured article "Report of the investigation on flood hazards in
  R. Hiji in Ehime Prefecture and the flood control plan".
"KOKUDO-MONDAI" No. 68 published in April 2006 carries a featured article "Inspection of the landslide in the reservoir of the Otaki
  dam in Wakayama Prefecture and the criticism of the countermeasure undertaken by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport
  and Tourism
"KOKUDO-MONDAI" No. 69 published in March 2008 carries featured articles on the hazards due to uneven subsidence of residential
  area caused by civil engineering works".
"KOKUDO-MONDAI, Now" No. 12 published in December 2007 carries the featured articles that commemorate deceased Prof. Kimura".