The Japan Science and Technology Agency has selected four additional international joint research programs that were solicited in connection with the Kumamoto earthquake that occurred in the Kumamoto region of Kumamoto prefecture in April 2016. Combined with the adoptions in April and May, the total number of adoptions was eight.

 According to the Japan Science and Technology Agency, it was adopted
■ A GIS (Geographic Information System) database that incorporates field surveys and agricultural infrastructure information by Professor Hiroshi Okazawa of the Faculty of Regional Environment Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture, and Professor Bim Prasad Shrestha of the Faculty of Engineering, Kathmandu University, Nepal. construction
■ Elucidation of the damage mechanism associated with large deformation of Aso volcanic sediment by Associate Professor Takashi Kiyota of the Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, and Professor Gabriel Chiaro of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
■ Urgent investigation to grasp the actual situation of groundwater pollution by Associate Professor Haruhiko Nakata, Faculty of Advanced Sciences, Kumamoto University, and Professor Krunta Chalam Kannan, Faculty of Environmental Health Sciences, New York State University, USA
■ Professor Fumio Yamazaki of the Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba University and Professor Pennun Warnichai of the Graduate School of Engineering, Thai and Asian Institute of Technology will combine field surveys and remote sensing (* 1) to understand damage to structures and build damage prediction models.
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 4 to 200 million yen will be paid for each of the four additional joint research projects. We started recruiting immediately after the April earthquake, and by the deadline in June, we had 300 applications.The research period is until March 4.

 This program is a rare disaster in the world and provides research funding in case of urgent need. Introduced in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred in 2011, it has been activated against the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Great Thai Flood, the 2013 Philippine Typhoon No. 30, and the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.By supporting rapid initial research and surveys, it is expected to play a role as a bridge to full-scale research and surveys.

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