NPO Industrial Disaster Prevention Laboratory (idp lab.)

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Outline of idp lab
Specified Nonprofit Corporation Industrial Disaster Prevention Laboratory
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Date of the Founding May 25th, 2016
Board Members

Administative Director Dr. Naomi Kato
Vice Administative Director Dr. Shinichi Aoki
Director Dr. Muneo Yoshie
Director Dr. Hiroyoshi Suzuki
Director Dr. Hiroshi Ishimaru
Auditor  Dr. Masakazu Arima

Researcher Dr. Hidenari Makino

Oil storage tanks in Kesen-numa City were heavily damaged by large scale tsunami, and large-scale oil spills occurred, which led to fire in entire city area, after Great East Japan earthquake on March 11, 2011. Much more larger scale disasters of damages and hazardous materials releases will be estimated in Tokyo Bay, Ise Bay or Osaka Bay if Tokai-Tonankai-Nankai earthquake simultaneously occurs. It is very urgent to perform risk assessment of damages and hazardous materials releases caused by large scale earthquake and tsunami, and take countermeasures to decrease such disasters.
On the other hand, oil spill and gas leak have frequently occurred due to collision and stranding of oil tankers, and accidents of deepsea oil production platforms.  Spilled oil on the sea surface which becomes emulsified by mixing with waters in waves gives huge damage on natural environment and regional economics when it drifts ashore.
It is urgent to perform risk assessments on large-scale hazards, and spills of hazardous materials, explosions and fires as the consequent events and take those countermeasures. This specified nonprofit corporation will tackle these tasks. We hope supports for us from all of you.


Specified Nonprofit Corporation Industrial Disaster Prevention Laboratory
Administrative Director
Naomi Kato


He received the B. Eng., M. Eng. and D. Eng. in naval architecture from the University of Tokyo in 1974, in 1976 and in 1980, respectively. He worked at School of Marine Science and Technology, Tokai University as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor from 1980 to 2013. He moved to Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University as Professor. He retired from Osaka University in 2016. He is Emeritus Professor of Osaka University. He is working as Administrative Director of Specified Nonprofit Corporation Industrial Disaster Prevention Laboratory and a Japanese member of committee on Natech (Natural Hazard Triggering Technological Disasters) of OECD /UN Joint Environmental Unit.

Research areas

Risk assessment of tsunami-triggered oil spill from oil tanks and its disaster mitigation / Autonomous tracking system of spilled oil and gas from oil tankers and seabed oil production facilities / Underwater environmental monitoring in coastal areas by underwater robot / Applications of the functions of aquatic animals to ocean engineering / Hydrodynamics of vortex-induced-vibration of flexible pipes

Memberships of academic societies The Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers/Japan Society for Safety Engineering/Society of Aero Aqua Bio-Mechanisms/Marine Technology Society/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers