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Disaster research activity

Responding to natural disasters

Corporate Contribution through Secondary Disaster Prevention and Recovery

Kokusai Kogyo has a long history of CSR activities in the wake of natural disasters. In the immediate aftermath of the tsunami of March 11, 2011, Kokusai Kogyo was ready to deploy its vast resources and expertise to the disaster zone. Despite having a survey aircraft swept away by the massive waves, its aerial photography team was in the air at first light the morning after the catastrophe, relaying geospatial information back to be analyzed and interpreted by various experts such as seismologists, oceanographers, geologists and geographers. These extensive and voluntary surveys from the air and on the ground have provided the central and local governments and international agencies with data vital to their relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts.

In addition to fostering specialists in disasters and utilizing them in disaster prevention consulting, Kokusai Kogyo firmly believes that it has a social responsibility to implement its corporate policy of "ensuring that people can live life in safety" through such activities.

Efforts during the Chuetsu Earthquake in Niigata

The photo on the right is a disaster status image of the 2004 Chuetsu Earthquake in Niigata that Kokusai Kogyo produced at its own discretion, and which was distributed free of charge to the national government, Niigata Prefecture, Yamakoshi Village and Nagaoka City. It was credited for having been effectively used for damage assessment and recovery measures.

Timeline of Disaster Surveying Efforts


Jul. 2017
Torrential rain devastation, Akita Prefecture
Jul. 2017
Torrential rain devastation at northern Kyushu area
May 2017
Forest fire, Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture
Apr. 2016
Kumamoto Earthquake
Sep. 2015
Mount Aso volcanic eruption, Kumamoto Prefecture
Sep. 2015
Kuchinoerabu Island volcanic eruption, Kagoshima Prefecture
Sep. 2014
Mount Ontake volcanic eruption, Gifu and Nagano prefectures
Aug. 2014
Torrential rain devastation, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Aug. 2014
Torrential rain devastation, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture
Aug. 2014
Torrential rain devastation, Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto Prefecture
Jul. 2014
Torrential rain devastation, Nagiso Town, Nagano Prefecture, caused by Typhoon No. 8
Oct. 2013
Torrential rain devastation, Izu-Oshima Island, Tokyo, caused by Typhoon No. 26
Sep. 2013
Torrential rain devastation, the Yura River basin, Kyoto Prefecture
Sep. 2013
Tornado damage to Saitama and Chiba prefectures
Jul. 2013
Torrential rain devastation, Yamaguchi and Shimane prefectures
Jul. 2012
Torrential rain devastation at northern Kyushu area
May. 2012
Tornado damage to Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures
Sep. 2011
Torrential rain devastation at Kii peninsula, caused by Typhoon No. 12
Jul. 2011
Torrential rain devastation in Niigata and Fukushima prefectures
Jul. 2011
Landslide devastation at eastern part of Kochi Prefecture
Mar. 2011
Great East Japan Earthquake
Jan. 2011
Shinmoedake volcanic eruption, Mount Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture
Jul. 2010
Torrential rain devastation, southern Gifu Prefecture
Jul. 2010
Torrential rain devastation, Shobara City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Jul. 2010
Torrential rain devastation, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
May 2010
Higashi-Meihan Expressway landslide, Kameyama City, Mie Prefecture
Oct. 2009
Tornado damage to Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki Prefecture, caused by Typhoon No. 18
Aug. 2009
Torrential rain devastation, western Hyogo Prefecture
Aug. 2009
Devastation caused by Suruga Bay earthquake
Jul. 2009
Torrential rain devastation, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Jun. 2008
Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku Earthquake
Jul. 2007
Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake, Niigata Prefecture
Jul. 2007
Devastation in Kagoshima Prefecture caused by Typhoon No. 4
Jul. 2007
Torrential rain devastation in Kumamoto Prefecture
Mar. 2007
Slush avalanche devastation, Mount Fuji
Mar. 2007
Noto Peninsula Earthquake, Ishikawa Prefecture
Nov. 2006
Tornado devastation in Saroma Town, Hokkaido
Sep. 2006
Devastation caused by autumn rain front and Typhoon No. 13
Aug. 2006
Debris flow devastation, Shizukuishi Town, Iwate Prefecture
Jul. 2006
Torrential rain devastation, southern Kyushu
Jul. 2006
Landslide devastation in Nagano Prefecture
Jul. 2006
Torrential rain devastation in Kagoshima Prefecture
Jun. 2006
Landslide devastation caused by persistent rain, Okinawa Prefecture
Jun. 2006
Volcanic eruption in vicinity of Sakurajima Minamidake and the Showa crater, Kagoshima Prefecture
Mar. 2006
Mount Meakan volcanic eruption, Hokkaido
Sep. 2005
Typhoon No. 14 devastation
Aug. 2005
Miyagi Prefecture offshore earthquake
Mar. 2005
Western Fukuoka Prefecture offshore earthquake
Oct. 2004
Chuetsu earthquake in Niigata Prefecture
Sep. 2004
Landslide devastation in Miyagawa Village, Mie Prefecture, caused by Typhoon No. 21
Sep. 2004
Mount Asama volcanic eruption, Nagano and Gunma prefectures
Jul. 2004
Torrential rain in Fukui Prefecture
Jul. 2004
Torrential rain, Niigata and Fukushima prefectures
Jul. 2003
Northern Miyagi earthquake
Jul. 2003
Torrential rain devastation, Kyushu
May 2003
Sanriku-Minami earthquake, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures
Sep. 2000
Torrential rain devastation, Tokai region
Mar. 2000
Mount Usu volcanic eruption, Hokkaido
Sep. 1999
921 earthquake, Taiwan
Sep. 1998
Torrential rain devastation, Kochi Prefecture
Jan. 1995
Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake
Jul. 1993
South-west offshore Hokkaido earthquake
May 1983
Middle Japan Sea earthquake