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December 2011

Pillars of Strength

Pillars of Strength  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

The earthquake-resistant buildings of Japan today borrow numerous technologies from the distant and recent past. This month's Cover Story zooms in on some of these technologies and the reasons for their continued use and dissemination both in Japan and around the world.

A Whole Lot Less Shaking Going On  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(158KB)

Introducing the world's first super-active seismic base isolation system, developed by Obayashi Corporation.

Shikkui Renaissance  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(175KB)

Age-old shikkui plaster for walls is finding new popularity today in the shape of Limix, in which the allnatural material is innovatively formed into multiuse panels.

Conserving the "White Heron"  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(168KB)

Repair work is underway on World Heritage Site Himeji Castle, a major project which ironically enables visitors to take a closer look at the historic structure than ever before.

Blending Tradition with the Modern in Architectural Design  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(220KB)

New York-born Geoffrey P. Moussas, a Kyotobased renovator of traditional buildings, talks about his work.

Training in Earthquake Resistance  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(131KB)

Introducing a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) program through which close to 7,000 Chinese people have so far been trained in a range of disaster prevention and response technologies.

Paper Pipes Provide Lifeline  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(241KB)

Shigeru Ban is one of the world's most famous architects. His innovative paper structures continue to house people displaced by disasters around the world, earning him the sobriquet an "architect without borders."

Architecture after the Quake  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(149KB)

Following the 24th World Congress of Architecture in Tokyo this fall, Organizing Board President Yoshiaki Ogura reviews proceedings and considers the role architects play in disaster control.

PM Flies the World for Summits  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

Summaries of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's recent appearances at the
G20 Summit, APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, ASEAN-Japan Summit and East Asia Summit.

Pioneering Accessibility  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

Accessible technology developed by Dr. Chieko Asakawa is opening new vistas for the world's visually impaired people.

New Nose Cartilage Treatment at Clinical Study Stage  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

Implant-type tissue-engineered cartilage developed by Tsuyoshi Takato and Kazuto Hoshi at the University of Tokyo Hospital may soon find widespread use for patients with damaged or deformed nose cartilage.

Fabrics to Dye For  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

The traditionally dyed fabrics of Futaba Inc. are winning new fans not just in Japan, but around the world.

Mikimoto Pearl Museum  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

Our reporter visits a pearl of a museum in Toba, Mie Prefecture.


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