Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Yutaka Takahasi

Yutaka Takahasi, Ph.D.

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    28 January 1927

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2015 Japan Prize

  • Field:
    Resources, Energy and Social Infrastructure
  • Achievement:
    Contribution to development of innovative concept on river basin management and reduction of water-related disasters
  • Lecture:

Major Awards

1978 Nepal Suprabal Gorakha Dakshin Bafu
1981 L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques, Chevalier (France)
1987 National Land Agency Achievement Award for Water Resources
1994 Meijimura Award
1998 JSCE (Japan Society of Civil Engineers) Achievement Award
2000 IWRA (International Water Resources Association) Crystal Drop Award
2007 The Order of the Sacred Treasure, second class
2011 JAGH (Japanese Association of Groundwater Hydrology) Academic Award

Academic Degrees

1950 University of Tokyo, B.E. in Engineering
1964 University of Tokyo, Ph.D. in Engineering

Professional Career

1955 Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo
1961 Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo
1968 Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo
1987 Professor emeritus, University of Tokyo
1987-1998 Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology
2000-2010 Senior Academic Adviser, United Nations University


  • La Société Franco Japonaise des Technique Industrielles
    Association for Rainwater Storage and Infiltration Technology
    Natural environment Coexistence Technology Association

Major Publications

  • Yutaka Takahasi, Gradual alteration in the flow characteristics of the Chikugo-river flood, Report of the Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, 5, 3, 1955.
  • Yutaka Takahasi, The change of country and flood (in Japanese), Iwanami Shoten, Publishers, 1971
  • Yutaka Takahasi, City and Water (in Japanese), Iwanami Shoten, Publishers, 1988
  • Yutaka Takahasi, River Engineering (in Japanese), 311p, University of Tokyo Press, 1990.
  • Yutaka Takahashi, Characteristics, Meanings and Countermeasures for Cyclone Disaster in Bangladesh, in Report on filed study and investigations on the damage caused by the cyclone in Bangladesh in 29-30 April 1991, UNCRD, p.95-108, 1991.
  • Festschrift in Honor of Yutaka Takahasi, International Journal of Water Resources Development, 25, 3, 2009.
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