Mikio Ishiwatari

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Mikio Ishiwatari
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Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2018
Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Apr 2005
Senior Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency
Oct 2011
Oct 2015
Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist/ Senior Watar and Sanitation Specialist, World Bank
Apr 2003
Mar 2005
Ministry of Land, Infrastrcture, Transport, and Tourism
Apr 2002
Mar 2003
Ministry of Land, Infrastracture, Transport, and Tourism
Aug 1999
Mar 2002
Urban Development Specialist, Asian Development Bank
Aug 1996
Mar 1997
Researcher, Cranfield University

Books etc

Investing in disaster risk reduction: Scale and effect of investment in flood protection in Asia
Mikio Ishiwatari
United Nations for Disaster Risk Reduction   Jun 2019   
Investment in disaster risk reduction (DRR) is indispensable for enhancing resilience and for achieving sustainable development. Therefore, understanding the current scale and effects of DRR investment is crucial for promoting it. This paper analy...
Disaster recovery from a gender and diversity perspective: Cases following megadisasters in Japan and Asian countries
Tanaka, Yumiko; Ishiwatari, Mikio; Nonoguchi, Atsuko (Part:Joint Work)
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)   Jun 2019   
Inclusive recovery efforts following disasters should encompass the needs and vision of various groups, especially women, youth, the elderly and people with disabilities, in order to realize the priority areas for disaster risk reduction (DRR) as ...
Climate Fragility Risks (CFR) In Development Sectors:Six Principles for Managing Synergies and Trade-Offs
Ishiwatari, M., Djalante, R., Mavrodieva, A., Gómez, O. A., Prabhakar, S.V.R.K.,Wataya, E., Shaw, R (Part:Joint Work)
The University of Tokyo,The United Nations University - Institute for the Advances Study of Sustainability(UNU-IAS), Keio University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Institute forGlobal Environmental Strategies (IGES), Integrated Research on Disaster   May 2019   ISBN:978-92-808-4594-5
Climate change impacts on natural and human systems are increasing. Often affecting fragile economic, social and political systems, climate change is considered to be a serious ‘threat multiplier’. In this document, the risks on these existing sys...
Thirty Innovations for Disaster Risk Reduction
Izumi, T., Shaw, R., Ishiwatari, M., Djalante, R., Komino, T. (Part:Joint Work)
IRIDeS, Keio University, the University of Tokyo, UNU-IAS,   Mar 2019   
This publication is developed by a group of individuals from the International
Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University, Keio University, the
University of Tokyo, the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study
Promoting Green Growth through Water Resources Management
Mikio Ishiwatari
The World Bank.   2016   
Water security and water quality affect numerous economic sectors and areas: agriculture, energy, disaster management, and others. Countries need balanced and integrated approaches that are economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable. ...

Published Papers

Takako Izumi, Rajib Shaw, Riyanti Djalante, Mikio Ishiwatari, Takeshi Komino
Progress in Disaster Science   1(2)    Jul 2019   [Refereed]
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction encourages investment in innovation and technology development in disaster risk management. However, needs for science and technology inputs are unmet, and there is a lack of policy making that is b...
Mikio Ishiwatari
Progress in Disaster Science   1(2)    Jul 2019   [Refereed]
It is widely recognized that an integrated approach is needed to reduce flood risks. Many countries are introducing adaptive and integrated systems of risk management in addition to conventional structural and engineering solutions. This paper aim...
Mikio Ishiwatari, Akhilesh Surjan
Progress in Disaster Science   1(1)    May 2019   [Refereed]
As population is growing and urbanization is progressing, higher numbers of people are exposed to disaster risks, especially in developing countries. Climate change is further worsening impacts of existing risks and introducing new risks in the fo...
Pinter, N., Ishiwateri, M., Nonoguchi, A. et al.
Natural Hazards   1-8   Apr 2019   [Refereed]
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude MW 9.0 thrust earthquake ruptured the Japan Trench along the northwest coast of Honshu and generated a tsunami that killed 15,894 people, left 2585 missing (as of March 2017) and destroyed more than 130,000 houses. T...
Mikio Ishiwatari
Crisis Management Beyond the Humanitarian-Development Nexus      2018   [Refereed][Invited]
This chapter considers methods for linking recovery with long-term development following disasters. It examines how the Indian Ocean Ttsunami (IOT) in 2004 and Java Eearthquake in 2006 provided opportunities for Indonesia to develop disaster-respo...
Mikio Ishiwatari, Kuniyoshi Takeuchi, Shuji Kaku, Takeshi Muronaga, Kai Kikuiri
   Sep 2017   [Refereed]
Mikio Ishiwatari, Akiko Domoto, Yumiko Tanaka
The 7th International Conference on Flood Managemen      Sep 2017   [Refereed]
Mikio Ishiwatari
IDB Technical Note   (1309)    Aug 2017   [Invited]
The Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world. Disasters have increasingly devastated the development effectiveness of the LAC countries. Had infrastructure been constructed with additional m...
Mikio Ishiwatari
-mikioishiwatari   2017   [Invited]
Human security will be progressively threatened by climate change, consequently development cooperation agencies such as JICA need to adopt approaches to strengthen resilience to climate-fragility risks. Currently, JICA's approaches to climate cha...
Mikio Ishiwatari
Japan Social Innovation Journal   6(1) 15-26   2016   [Refereed]
Flooding has become a serious issue in rapidly urbanizing countries. It is widely recognized that flood damages in urban areas can be decreased by taking an integrated risk management approach. This approach, however, has not been realized easily ...
Mikio Ishiwatari,Yuji Okazaki, M. Miyasaka
Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council, Civil Engineering Conference in Asian Region. Honolulu      2016   [Refereed]
Mikio Ishiwatari
Tohoku Recovery: Challenges, Potentials and Future   79-90   2015   [Refereed]
Mainstreaming disaster risk management (DRM) into development policies and projects is recognized as the key to mitigate disasters, which hamper socio-economic development. However, limited activates have been conducted to support developing count...
Mikio Ishiwatari
Disaster Risk Management in Asia and the Pacific   232-251   Jan 2014
Mikio Ishiwatari
Disaster Recovery   77-88   2014   [Refereed]
The developing countries, which have weak governance and institution, face various difficulties for quick recovery in the aftermath of megadisasters. They have weak disaster management agencies, limited skilled and experienced staff and weak finan...
Mikio Ishiwatari, Junko Mimaki, Tomoko Shaw
IAHS-AISH Publication   357 416-422   Sep 2013   [Refereed]
It is widely recognized that a community plays a crucial role in managing disaster risks. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is shifting its approach from engineering-oriented approaches to comprehensive ones which include community-bas...
楢府龍雄, 馬場仁志, 石渡幹夫, 石山祐二, 永見光三
地域安全学会梗概集   (32) 11-14   May 2013
Mikio Ishiwatari
19    2013   [Refereed]
Japan has supported developing countries in promoting river projects for over the last half-century. The assistance started with structural measures of construction works and technical transfer in planning, constructing and maintaining structures,...
Mikio Ishiwatari
Community, Environment and Disaster Risk Management   10 19-33   Dec 2012   [Refereed]
The community plays a crucial role in disaster risk reduction (DRR). The Hyogo Declaration adopted at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction held in Kobe in 2005 stresses that strengthening community-level capacities to reduce disaster risk at...
Mikio Ishiwatari
   2011   [Refereed]
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projects that greater precipitation intensity and variability will increase flooding risks in many areas because of climate change. New planning methods in flood risk management are required to ...
Mikio Ishiwatari
Community, Environment and Disaster Risk Management   4 305-323   Dec 2010   [Refereed]
Mikio Ishiwatari
Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management (AJEDM) - Focusing on Pro-active Risk Reduction in Asia   02(01)    2010   [Refereed]
Mikio Ishiwatari, 2010, 'Redevelopment of Inland Water Transport for Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Southern Sudan', Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management (AJEDM) - Focusing on Pro-active Risk Reduction in Asia, vol. 02, no....
Mikio Ishiwatari
Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management (AJEDM) - Focusing on Pro-active Risk Reduction in Asia   02(03)    2010   [Refereed]
Mikio Ishiwatari, 2010, 'Japanese Experiences of Disaster Risk Reduction', Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management (AJEDM) - Focusing on Pro-active Risk Reduction in Asia, vol. 02, no. 03, p. 247
Mikio Ishiwatari
Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management   2(3) 275-288   2010   [Refereed]
From a human security perspective, it is crucial to ensure that people affected by disasters
can resume normal daily life. This study aims to propose the methodologies of collaboration
between communities, development agencies, and NGOs for rehabi...
Mikio Ishiwatari
   2010   [Refereed]
Greater precipitation intensity and variability will increase the flood risks in developing countries because of climate change. Under an uncertain and changing climate, the conventional systems of planning methods in flood management can not be d...
Mikio Ishiwatari
   2010   [Refereed]
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone counties in Southeast Asia. This paper reviews Japanese development assistance to the Philippines in disaster risk management, which has continued around 40 years. Most financing projects have supp...
Mikio Ishiwatari
University of Tokyo   -mikioishiwatari   2010   [Refereed]
檜垣大助, 山田知充, 石渡幹夫, 丸尾祐治, 服部修
砂防学会研究発表会概要集   2009 212-213   May 2009
Nakanishi J, Ishiwatari M, Ichimura M.
Water Science and Technology   23(10-12) 1835-1844   1991   [Refereed]


Oct 2007
Sep 2010
Department of International Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo
Apr 1986
Mar 1988
Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo


石渡 幹夫
河川   65(6) 41-44   Jun 2009
水情報   14(3) 13-15   Mar 1994

Conference Activities & Talks

Integrated approach of flood risk management in urban area: How can organizations concerned collaborate?
Mikio Ishiwatari
IWA World Water Conference & Exhibition   Sep 2018   
The integrated approach of involving a wide range of stakeholders is effective in reducing flood damage, which has become serious in rapidly urbanizing
countries. This study aims at examining issues in adopting the integrated approach to mega-citi...
How Can Recovery be Linked with Long-Term Development? The Case of Indonesia, [Invited]
Mikio Ishiwatari
Global Conference on the International Network of Disaster Studies, “Iwate Conference”   Jul 2018   
Institutional coordination of disaster management: How are national and local governments are coordinating in Japan? [Invited]
Mikio Ishiwatari
Institutional Coordination in Asia-Pacific Disaster Management,   Apr 2018   
Governance of Water Use in Japan and Japanese Assistance [Invited]
Mikio Ishiwatari
Session 5-3 (Water, land, food and governance), 1st Asian International Water Week, Gyeongju   Sep 2017   
Bridging Gap in assessing climate and fragility risks [Invited]
Mikio Ishiwatari
Climate-fragility Risk Reduction for Development and Peace, International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific, Yokohama,   Aug 2017   

Awards & Honors

Awards for Excellence - 2013 Outstanding Author Contributions

Association Memberships