Posted on: November 8th, 2012 by Mary-Georgiopoulou

The 4th Japan–Greece Workshop :
“Seismic Design of Foundations, Innovations in Seismic Design, and Protection of Cultural Heritage, Special Issue : The 2011 East Japan Great Earthquake”, editors : T. Tazoh & G. Gazetas, Kobe, Japan, 6-7 October 2011.

Organized by:
• Earthquake Engineering Committee of Japanese Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE)
• Kobe Gakuin University
• Hellenic Society for Earthquake Engineering, Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE)
• Laboratory of Soil Mechanics, National Technical University of Athens (ΝΤUA)
• Project DARE funded by ERC
• Project PERPETUATE funded by EC FP7

Introduction :
11–3–11, the day that the colossal magnitude 9 earthquake shook Japan, and the world, as it triggered an unprecedented bleak sequence of calamities, obliterating towns and small cities, and turning the lives of ordinary citizens upside down. We, as all people around the globe, watched speechless at the extent of the disaster, but with sympathy and astonishment at the stoic heroism, dignity, and altruism with which survivors confronted the devastating loss and the terrifying danger; and we marveled at the determination of the whole nation to help rebuilding with no delay.

We recalled the Kobe disaster in 1995, and the equally heroic efforts to rebuild, and even expand the city, in response to devastation — efforts that met unequivocal success. Our civil engineering profession, of which You are a part, was at the forefront of that feat. We have no doubt that You are again leading the effort in the aftermath of Japan’s worst ever combination of earthquake and tsunami. I am sure you will succeed.

This Workshop, and the special session on the March 11 Earthquake that your society has organized, are a vivid testament to your determination to overcome the painful plight.

Along with my sincere condolences on behalf of the Greek participants and our Society, allow me to express my strong conviction that with your unselfish help Japan will emerge stronger from this disaster, as it has done so many times in the past. (Vol.1), (Vol.2), (Vol.3).