The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

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Yosuke Hirayama, Professor, Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University

The rebuilding of livelihoods, housing and urban revitalization in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Research grant

Project Description

This study considers the issue of revitalization following the Great East Japan Earthquake, and conducts surveys of disaster victims from the perspectives of what is required to revitalize housing and cities that support the rebuilding of lives, and then analyze and evaluate recovery policies to contribute to their improvement. While looking at the devastated regions as a whole, this project focuses on the case study of Kamaishi City in Iwate Prefecture to clarify the state of rebuilding of peoples' lives and the progress in urban and housing recovery.

Grant year
FY2011 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years and 2 months
August 2011 - September 2014
Grant amount
5,591,000 yen
Activity region
Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Distribution of questionnaires at temporary housing facilities

Overview of the Organization

Yosuke Hirayama, Professor
Yosuke Hirayama, Professor
Specialist fields
Housing policy, urban planning
Affiliated academic societies
Architectural Institute of Japan, The City Planning Institute of Japan, Association of Urban Housing Sciences, Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research
Completed doctoral course, Graduate School Of Science And Technology, Kobe University, 1988; Lecturer, Faculty of Human Development, Kobe University, 1994; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Human Development, Kobe University, 1997; Professor, Faculty of Human Development, Kobe University, 2003;
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Iwao Sato, Professor, the University of Tokyo; Hiroshi Ueno, Professor, Hiroshima University; Akihiko Kitahami, Professor, Kobe University; Yoshihiro Ishikura, Professor, Waseda University; Yoshimi Nishino, Lecturer, Toyo University; Ken Ouhori, Professor, the University of Tokyo
Research results
Publications: Komyuniti Beesu to Haujingu—Gendai Amerika no Kinrin Saisei (The community base and housing - neighborhood regeneration of contemporary America) (1993, Domesu Shuppan); Fukanzen Toshi—Kobe Nyuuyouku Berurin (Incomplete cities - Kobe, New York, Berlin) (2003, Gakugei Shuppan); Tokyo no Hate ni (To the edge of Tokyo) (2006, NTT Suppan); Juutaku Seisaku no Doko ga Mondai ka—<Mochiie Shakai> no tsugi o Tenbou suru (Where is the problem in housing policy - Looking forward to a <homeowner society>) (2009, Kobunsha Co., Ltd.); Toshi no Jouken—Sumai, Jinsei, Shakai Jizoku (City conditions - living, life, sustainability) (2011, NTT Shuppan); co-authorship of Housing and Social Transition in Japan (2007, Routledge) and others.