The U.S.-Japan Joint Panel on Wind and Seismic Effects is now entering its 33rd year. The Panel was formed in 1969 under the auspices of the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Program on Natural Resources (UJNR), one of three collateral programs that comprise the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Science Program. The objective of the UJNR is to exchange information on research results and facilitate the exchange of scientists and engineers for the benefit of both countries.Both U.S. and Japan members agree that the Panel on Wind and Seismic Effects is an extremely effective medium for the exchange of knowledge on earthquakes and wind events and their effects on buildings and other structures. However, changing agency priorities and budget limitations have impacted the operation of the Panel. Consequently, there is a need to streamline the operation of the Joint Panel to reduce the cost and refocus the efforts of the Panel and its task committees on thos areas where there is strong agency interest on both the U.S. and Japan sides.At the 32nd Joint Panel Meeting held in May of this year, it was resolved that a joint Ad-Hoc Planning Committee be appointed to develop a strategic plan for the Panel. the motivation for the appointment of the Planning Committee is the desire to streamline and strengthen the Joint Panel and to position it to be more flexible to meet the changing technical needs and interests of our governments in the future. The Ad-Hoc Planning Committee will meet later in November to begin work on the strategic plan. The goal of the Planning Committee is to reach agreement on a draft strategic plan during that meeting and work toward acceptance by the Joint Panel in early 2001. It is anticipated that the recommendations of the strategic plan will be phased in during a 12- to 18 month transition period.
Citation: U.S.-Japan High-Level Earthquake Policy Cooperation Forum
Pub Type: Journals
Japan, seismic, U.S., UJNR, wind