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Message from Director General

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  The Civil Engineering Research Institute for Cold Region (CERI), an organization of the National Research and Development Agency Public Works Research Institute, is Japan's only research institute devoted to cold-region civil engineering. Since its establishment in 1937, CERI has been addressing issues of Japan's snowy cold regions, including Hokkaido, and has disseminated its research to as many regions and organizations as possible.
  In April 2001, the institute became independent from the Hokkaido Regional Development Bureau and was renamed the Independent Administrative Institution Civil Engineering Research Institute of Hokkaido. In April 2006, we were integrated into the Public Works Research Institute. In April 2015, Japanese law was revised and we became a National Research and Development Agency that aims to maximize our R&D achievements.
     Research activities of the Public Works Research Institute are based on the mid- and long-term plans developed for the purpose of achieving the mid- and long-term goals of the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
   The fourth term of the mid- and long-term plans began in April 2016.
   The mid- and long-term goals require that intensive, concerted efforts be made toward the following:

  (1) keeping society safe and secure,
  (2) maintaining and renewing social capital in a strategic manner, and
  (3) creating a sustainable, vibrant society.

  Simultaneously, the mid- and long-term goals require that R&D on civil engineering be available for the efficient development of quality social capital in snowy cold regions, which account for roughly 60% of Japan.
  Towards designing national administrative measures and formulating technical standards for those measures, we will therefore work on the following research activities in accordance with the three objectives.

  (1) keeping society safe and secure:
  R&D of technologies that contribute to the prevention and mitigation of damage caused by increasingly tangible and extreme natural phenomena, for example, flooding, landslides, and severe earthquakes and their subsequent tsunamis, as well as disasters caused by snow and ice in snowy cold regions.

  (2) maintaining and renewing social capital in a strategic manner:
  R&D of technologies that contribute to the strategic maintenance and renewal of aging social capital and of facilities suffering from frost damage and combined deterioration in snowy cold regions.

  (3) creating a sustainable, vibrant society:
  R&D of technologies that contribute to a recycling-oriented society through the reuse of construction materials and the utilization of the sewerage system to collect biomass, to the preservation of river biodiversity and habitats, to the efficient management of roads under snowy cold conditions, to the maximization of social capital to improve the attractiveness and vitality of the community, and to increased food supply in communities.

   In wide-ranging studies such as those on river/road/port management, agriculture and fishery, CERI will continue to pursue R&D on civil engineering for cold regions to ensure Japan's prosperity and safety.
   We will actively share the results of our research and technological development with other snowy cold countries, as well as with all of Hokkaido and Japan, and we will serve the world as source of civil engineering technology from Japan. We appreciate your kind understanding and support.

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