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Fuminori Tanba, Associate Professor, Research Institute for Disaster Recovery, Fukushima University

Survey of emergency situation of evacuees from area-wide disasters in Fukushima Prefecture accompanying the Great East Japan Earthquake, and research into the rebuilding of their lives

Research grant

Project Description

This project will undertake a large-scale survey of evacuees from area-wide disasters. We link together the desire to return home and make efforts towards creating sustainable communities. In this survey we will focus on (1) the desire to return home, (2) issues facing the evacuees such as life in the immediate future, employment, school, housing, living expenses, (3) changes in family structure following evacuation, (4) the progress of multiple evacuations, (5) future prospects for the evacuees. Based on the findings of the survey, we will set up a Victim Support Center in each prefecture of Japan.

Grant year
FY2011 Research Grants
Grant term
2 years and 8 months
August 2011 - March 2014
Grant amount
18,634,000 yen
Activity region
Fukushima Prefecture: Hirono Town, Naraha Town, Tomioka Town, Kawauchi Village, Okuma Town, Futaba Town, Namie Town, Katsurao Village and others, Japan
Symposium for victim support networks

Overview of the Organization

Fuminori Tanba, Associate Professor
Fuminori Tanba, Associate Professor
Specialist field
Social welfare studies
Affiliated academic societies
Japan Association for Social Policy Studies, Japanese Society for the Study of Social Welfare, Japan Society for Disaster Recovery and Revitalization
Graduated from the Department of Social Welfare, Faculty of Social Welfare, Nihon Fukushi University, March 1996; Enrolled in Master's Program, Nihon Fukushi University Graduate School, April 1996; Completed Master's Program (Masters of Social Welfare), Nihon Fukushi University Graduate School, March 1998; Full-time lecturer, Medical Welfare College, Nagoya Bunka Gakuen, April 2001; Full-time lecturer, Himehi Hinomoto College, April 2002; Retired from doctoral course, Nihon Fukushi University, September 2003; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Administration and Social Sciences, Fukushima University, March 2004 (currently Associate Professor, Faculty of Administration and Social Sciences)
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Toshio Konno, Professor (former President), Fukushima University; Katsumi Nakai, Professor (former Vice-President), Fukushima University; Akira Imai, Professor, Fukushima University; Yoshiteru Murosaki (Chairman, Japan Society for Disaster Recovery and RevitalizationProfessor), Professor, Kansai Gakuen University; Shigeki Yamanaka, Senior Researcher, Institute for Disaster Area Revitalization, Regrowth and Governance, Kansai Gakuen University; Itoko Kitahara, staff member, Institute for Disaster Area Revitalization, Regrowth and Governance, Kansai Gakuen University; Hisae Tanami, Associate Professor, Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare; Shintaro Fukutake, Associate Professor, Institute of Global Concern, Sophia University
Research record
Survey of victims living in temporary housing in Nishinomiya following the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Later, I assisted in activities to support the residents of Yamakoshi Village immediately after the Niigata Prefecture Chuetsu Earthquake in which the entire village population was evacuated. Was also involved in support in the Hisumi district of Kashiwazaki City following the Niigata Prefecture Chuetsu Earthquake. While involved in support work, I was also involved in studies into disaster reconstruction. The results of my research at the former Yamakoshi Village appear in Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology "Heisei 17-nen 10 gatsu Nīgatachuuetsujishin ni yoru Zen Mura Hinan Chiiki no Fukkō ni kansuru Bunri Yuugou Sougou Kenkyuu (Interdisciplinary research into the reconstruction of the village-evacuated area following the Niigata-Chuetsu Earthquake October, 2005); single-author article "Chusan-kan-chi no Saigai Fukkou to Hisai-sha Seikatsu Saiken no Kadai" (Disaster reconstruction of mountainous areas and issues of rebuilding victims' lives), Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities; single-author article, "Kyuu Yamakoshi-mura Hisai Juumin e no Juutaku Saiken Chousa to Saigai Fukkou" (Residential reconstruction survey for disaster victims of the former Yamakoshi village and disaster reconstruction), Kyojuu Fukushi Kenkyuu, No. 6. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, I co-authored Daishinsai no Naka de? Watashitachi wa Nani o Subeki ka (In an earthquake disaster, what should we do?), Katsuhito Uchibashi ed., Iwanami Shoten.