Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.

Disaster Prevention

The goal is to protect all lives from natural disasters.

In addition to ideas whose applications are solely for disaster prevention, we accept submissions of ideas on how everyday products and services can also be used for disaster response.

Sub-themes

At the Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future, we believe that the following 2 changes will have a significant impact in resolving societal problems in the area of energy and environment.

  • Prompt evacuation has been impossible during disasters.

    Even though disaster prediction, forecast, and warning information are available, secondary disasters such as tsunamis, fires, and landslides frequently cause damage due to a lack of adequate systems to support proper evacuation behavior and effective evacuation.

  • Key infrastructure systems are not restored adequately after disasters.

    Transportation of emergency supplies and personnel is inefficient after disasters, and victims are not provided with a minimum standard in their living environments (food and water, toilets and sewers, etc.).

Innovation to build response capabilities during a disaster

Social problem

  • Prompt evacuation has been impossible during disasters.

    Even though disaster prediction, forecast, and warning information are available, secondary disasters such as tsunamis, fires, and landslides frequently cause damage due to a lack of adequate systems to support proper evacuation behavior and effective evacuation.

Issues to be tackled

  • Responding swiftly during a disaster

Examples of innovation

  • Developing programs to strengthen action capabilities after disasters are detected through disaster simulation experiences and education in disaster prevention:
    Disaster safety training apps, systems using VR for disaster simulation training, etc.
  • Introducing systems to transmit evacuation instructions based on individual circumstances (residential areas, condition of houses):
    Systems to transmit evacuation instructions for individuals
    Systems to confirm safety after disasters, and to support searches for victims

Innovation to improve QOL after a disaster

Social problem

  • Key infrastructure systems are not restored adequately after disasters.

    Transportation of emergency supplies and personnel is inefficient after disasters, and victims are not provided with a minimum standard in their living environments (food and water, toilets and sewers, etc.).

Issues to be tackled

  • Promptly ensuring QOL after a disaster

Examples of innovation

  • Systems for matching and allocating emergency personnel and supplies based on damage situation:
    Systems using advanced IT to properly match supply and demand for emergency personnel and supplies based on damage situation
  • Methods for quickly and reliably transporting emergency supplies to victims and affected areas:
    Using drones for emergency communication relays and transportation of medical supplies, etc.
  • Dealing with long-term impairment of sewer function:
    Self-contained flush toilets that do not require drainage
  • Ways to quickly provide inexpensive temporary housing:
    Developing land banks for utilization of vacant houses after disasters

Application Details

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Other-themes

The following themes will also be considered for this contest:

  • Mobility

    The goal is for everyone to have unhindered access to safe and clean transportation.

  • EDUCATION /
    HUMAN RESOURCES

    The goal is for everyone to be adequately equipped to make a positive contribution to society.