Profile of Takehiko Yamamura


Manager of disaster prevention system research institute 
Disaster investigation photograph report

In the wake of the Niigata Earthquake (1964), Takehiko Yamamura established the Disaster Prevention System Institute, aspiring to become a disaster planning/crisis management advisor. He has conducted onsite investigations and research into disasters around the world (in over 250 locations). While providing lectures across Japan (over 2,200 times), engaging in media reporting, and authoring published works to raise awareness of disaster prevention, he serves as advisor to numerous companies and local government offices, helping them to establish and review BCPs, disaster planning/crisis management manuals, etc. A pioneer of practical measures for disaster planning/crisis management, Mr. Yamamura has contributed much towards rendering companies and towns resilient to disasters.

-      Advocates: Community spirit, mutual help in the neighborhood, neighborhood disaster preparedness groups, disaster-preparedness item inspection day

-      Motto: Truths and lessons are found in the scene!

-      Societies: The Japan Society for Disaster Information Studies, the Institute of Social Safety Science

-      Major past positions

Member of the Study Group on Disaster Preparedness Training Reinforcement, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, member of the Study Group on Emergency Evacuation Assistance for Those in Need, executive member of the Committee for Evaluation of Disaster Preparedness Measures, member of the Metropolitan Tokyo Committee to Review Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness Groups, and others


-      Major onsite investigations

2016: Itoigawa blaze, central Tottori Prefecture earthquake, Iwaizumi-cho flooding,

Kumamoto earthquake, ski bus fall accident; 2015: Kanto-Tohoku torrential rain, California wildfire, U.S., Nepal earthquake; 2014: Kamishiro fault earthquake, Nagano Prefecture, Hiroshima City landslide disaster; 2013: Philippines typhoon disaster, Oshima landslide disaster, Oklahoma tornado, U.S.; 2012: Northern Kyushu torrential rain, Ibaraki-Tochigi tornado; 2011: March 11 Japan earthquake, New Zealand earthquake, Mt. Shinmoedake eruption; 2010: Amami torrential rain; 2009: Sumatra earthquake, Sayo-cho flooding, Hyogo Prefecture, Hofu City torrential rain, Tatebayashi tornado, Gunma Prefecture, massive Australian forest fire; 2008: Inland Iwate-Miyagi earthquake, Sichuan earthquake, China; 2007: earthquake off the coast of Chuetsu, Noto Peninsula earthquake, Northern Peru earthquake; 2005: Northern Pakistan earthquake, JR Fukuchiyama Line derailment accident, Hurricane Katrina, Southeastern U.S.; 2004: Sumatra earthquake and tsunami, Chuetsu earthquake, Iran earthquake; 2001: Multiple simultaneous terrorist attacks, U.S.; 2000: Tokai torrential rain, Western Tottori earthquake, Miyake Island eruption; 1999: Weiwei earthquake, Taiwan; 1995: Hanshin-Awaji earthquake, Subway sarin incident; 1994: Earthquake off the eastern coast of Hokkaido, Northridge earthquake, U.S.; 1993: Western India earthquake, earthquake off the southwestern coast of Hokkaido; 1989: San Francisco earthquake, U.S.; 1986: Mt. Mihara eruption; 1982: Nagasaki flooding, Hotel New Japan fire; 1980: Kawaji Prince Hotel fire; 1973: Taiyo Department Store fire; 1972: Sennichi Department Store fire; 1968: Earthquake off the coast of Tokachi; 1964: Niigata earthquake, and others,, totaling over 250 locations

-      Featured recent works

Smart disaster preparedness – preparations and actions to protect lives from disasters; Protect your and your family’s lives; An eye-opening new common sense of disaster preparedness; Community spirit – neighborhood disaster preparedness groups, in which neighbors help neighbors; Reviewing disaster planning/crisis management – evolving BCPs (Kinzai); Everyone believes, “Even if everyone else dies, I will survive” – disaster preparedness psychology (Takarajimasha), etc

-      Major TV appearances

NHK: News Watch 9, News Division 5 O’clock, Weather Information, and more

TBS/MBS: Noon Belt! N Sta, Morning Channel! and more

Fuji TV/Kansai TV: Everyone’s News, New Report 2001, Your Time, and more

TV Asahi/Asahi Broadcasting: Morning Show with Shinichi Hatori, Wide! Scramble, and more

Nippon TV/Yomiuri TV: Once a Week, Information Live by Miyane Shop, and more

In addition to the above, he has also appeared on programs by local TV stations, BBC of the U.K., and CNN of the U.S., and others, focusing on news programs.

Disaster prevention system research institute
Minato-ku, Tokyo 7-17-12 (JAPAN)
Telephone /03-5771-6338