Integrated Port Logistics Chair

July 1, 2017 ‒ June 30, 2020


The Ports and Harbours Association of Japan (PHAJ)
Service Center of Port Engineering (SCOPE)
Coastal Development Institute of Technology (CDIT)              

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Significant changes in the environment surrounding international port logistics include economic development in various Asian countries, the use of supersize vessels to accommodate increased marine cargo volumes, and the creation of new alliances among global marine transport companies. In addition, international shipping networks involving Roll-on/Roll-off ships and container vessels and ferries have formed to improve transport efficiency and to better address the needs of different cargo owners. Finally, new emerging initiatives focus on utilizing and automating cargo and location data during transportation in ports and hinterlands. Therefore, more research is required to understand how these developments will shape the future of port logistics in Japan.

Reliable and secure domestic marine transportation and logistics systems support industrial productivity and allow normal citizens to go about their daily lives. Now, in addition, they must also function optimally in times of crises such as during terrorist incidents or during natural disasters like earthquakes or tsunamis to minimize the disruption caused by these events. Marine transportation can even be used to deliver emergency aid during a disaster, and initiatives that focus on the potential for this kind of societal contribution would be another important area for exploration.

As globalization continues, expansion of trade will hinge on the construction of new, large-scale ports and will stimulate economic development in regions where these ports are located. Much of this growth is expected to take place in developing countries, particularly in Southeast Asia, etc. Therefore, in Japan, any important discussion of international port logistics should include consideration of Japanese involvement in the planning and construction of port infrastructure in developing nations. First, this requires a comprehensive understanding of the relevant characteristics of socioeconomic development in the identified countries, with a particular emphasis on the need for port infrastructure.

Currently, there is a useful body of research within global logistics that includes studies on competitive port strategies as well as on approaches to maritime and port risk management. Given the need for further knowledge and understanding, as outlined above, the Integrated Port Logistics Chair will conduct the following research, using a balance of theoretical and practical approaches.

1.Research into the nature of ports and the efficiency of port logistics, taking into account progress in ICT and changes in international trade and port logistics.

2.Research into risk management for ports and marine transportation, including how port logistics will operate during a crisis, such as a major earthquake or tsunami.

3.Research into the planning and construction of port infrastructure in developing countries, focusing on Japan’s major trade partners.

Please note that research and education will engage our strong cooperative relationships with the following: relevant bodies within the University, such as the Visiting Chair in Urban & Regional Management at the Graduate School of Management, the Graduate School of Engineering, the Disaster Prevention Research Institute; official organizations within the national and local government; and other relevant research institutes. Policy recommendations relating to the improvement of port logistics will also be made.



- Global Logistics and Maritime Transport
- Global Logistics and Trade.



Graduate school of Management

Tadashi YAMADA (Professor)
Kiyoshi KOBAYASHI (Distinguished Professor)

Tomihiro WATANABE(Professor)
Masashi OGAWA (Associate Professor)
Kenji ONO (Adjunct Professor)
Masafumi MIYATA (Adjunct Professor)
Yasuhiro AKAKURA (Adjunct Professor)
Yoshihiro KAWAI (Adjunct Professor)


 港湾 大型コンテナ船
Increasingly large container vessels

 差替え画像① 災害支援トラック
Port and marine logistics functions can be utilized during a disaster

差替え画像② 港湾整備
Construction of port facilities, funded by Japanese ODA

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