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Kevin Mathurin Gueho

One day in April, we were surprised to see a familiar face standing at the counter. During his time studying at Nanzan University Kevin was known for always making a point of dropping in to the office everyday to say hello to the staff, and so he did the same this time on a visit to Nagoya.

The reason for this short trip to Japan was to carry out research into Japanese disaster prevention measures. His minor in his undergraduate studies at the University of Provence back in France was geography and at postgraduate level in the University of Strasbourg he is researching natural disasters, mainly earthquakes. As preparation for writing his thesis, he visited Shizuoka, the sister city of Cannes where he is from, and carried out a survey on the disaster prevention awareness of people living in coastal areas. On this trip, he took time out from his busy schedule to drop into the CJS Office.

Having a great interest in Japan’s efforts to strengthen its disaster prevention countermeasures in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Kevin said that Japanese disaster prevention countermeasures are the most advanced in the world. It is very pleasing to hear that former CJS students are working hard for the sake of people all over the world. No doubt Kevin will continue to enjoy eating his favorite food of okonomiyaki in various locations in Japan as he devotes himself to his research.

4月のある日、カウンターに懐かしい人が立っていて驚きました。在籍中も毎日必ずオフィスに寄ってスタッフに挨拶をするのが日課だったゲオさん、今回も普段通りのゲオさんでした。

今回の短期滞在の目的は日本の防災対策研究でした。フランスの母校プロバンス大学での副専攻が地理学だったゲオさんは、ストラスブール大学大学院に進学し地震を中心とした自然災害の研究を続けています。その研究の論文執筆のため、カンヌ市出身のゲオさんは同市と姉妹都市の静岡市を訪れ、沿岸部市民の防災意識調査などを行っているところでした。今回はその調査で多忙の合間を縫ってCJSオフィスに立ち寄ってくれました。

東日本大震災後の対策の強化に関心を持つゲオさんは、日本の防災対策は世界で最も進んでいると話してくれました。CJS修了生が世のため人のために活動しているのを見聞きするのは嬉しいものです。これからも大好きなお好み焼きを食べ歩きながら各地での研究に没頭されることでしょう。