Prof. Toshiharu Kojiri has passed away on November 2nd, 2011
rof. Kojiri was head of the Water Resources Research Center in Kyoto University. He was recently elected a Council Member of IAHR, and was Chair of the IAHR Working Group on Climate Change. Prof Kojiri was also closely involved in launching and was President of the IAHR Japan Chapter.
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Peter Assa, PhD
I am very sorry have just known that Professor kojiri has passed away. I apologize to the the lady of Professor Kojiri that I just can expresse my condolences today. I just got the information from Professor Ohgushi of Saga University. I and My wife would like to express our deep condolences for late Professor kojiri. Thank you Professor kojiri, we will never forget you and Mrs Kojiri's kindness and nice welcoming us in Kyoto.
I have known Toshi Kojiri since 1986 as a friend and professional. We collaborated on many occasions and have had opportunities to visit him in Japan as a JPSP Visiting Professor. Toshi Kojiri also visited Lakehead University several times.
He was a devoted researcher, a conscious teacher, and an impeccable professional. He competently set up excellent research laboratories both at Gifu University as well as Kyoto University and specifically Disaster Prevention Research Institute in Uji, Japan.
I only came to know today about dear Toshi Kojiri through a journal article. Last time, I have had opportunity to meet him was at the Water 2010 Conference held at Quebec City. At that time, Toshi was suffering from ailments but as a true professional participated in all events/meetings at the conference. Even today, it is a sad day to loose such a true friend and very difficult to accept that he is no longer among us. May God impart peace and tranquility to his departed soul.
May God impart strength and courage to his wife and two daughters in this difficult hour.
prof. Rashid Kulmatov
Back in 2009, I was fortunate to have gotten acquainted with Professor Toshiharu Kojiri when I carried out researches in his Water Resources Research Center under JSPS grant. I have become very familiar with his scientific researches. Professor T Kojiri was indeed the scientist of a world scale. His premature death was a huge losses not only for staff of Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto University, but as well as myself. I send my deepest condolences to his family and to his colleagues.
In holding the late Professor Toshiharu Kojiri's funeral here today, on behalf of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) of Kyoto University, I sincerely say the last greeting in front of his soul.
Prof. Toshiharu Kojiri graduated the Department of Civil Engineering, Kyoto University in 1972. After that he worked as a faculty member (assistant professor, associate professor) of Kyoto University from 1974 to 1985. Then, he moved to the faculty of Engineering of Gifu University as an associate professor. He was promoted to be a professor in 1992. He came back to Kyoto University in 1997. Since then, he has been engaged in research and education as a professor in Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) in our institute.
In the meantime, he dedicated himself to the research on water resources and water environmental systems. In water resources management, he developed his own academic field by constructing the theory not only based on mathematical and probabilistic approach, but adopting knowledge engineering methodology as well with foreseeing the limitation of traditional approach. Moreover, in the time when the progress of global warming itself was still under discussion, he pointed out the importance of its impacts on water resources and conducted pioneering research on this issue. Furthermore, during the time when quantitative securement of water resources was thought to be the first priority from social development pressure, he insisted the necessity of integrated management of water quality, water environment and ecosystem, and put so much effort to develop the numerical model which enables the simulation of those components concurrently. For those prominent academic achievements, he was awarded the Asia Pacific Division paper prize from International Association for Hydraulic Research (IAHR) and the scientific prize from Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources (JSHWR).
As an educator in universities, he was enthusiastic about human resources development, and many talented people were sent out from his laboratory to academia, industry, and government. Also he played important administrative role as a vice director of DPRI, a chief of WRRC and so on. Off campus, he acted as a board member and councilor of JSHWR, Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE). Also, he had important positions at related international scientific societies including IAHR, contributing to the improvement of the presence of Japan. He was just elected to the board member of IAHR in June 2011, and was highly motivated to work for international contributions more than ever.
Prof. Kojiri had health upset from July 2011, and he had been striven for medical treatment in the hospital since then. In spite of the medicinal effect, he left for the next world on 2nd November 2011. On the occasion of the misfortune of the loss of mainstay of a family, please accept my deep sympathy for your heartache and sadness. Moreover, it is also the deepest regret for DPRI to have lost irreplaceable person in the time when huge disasters attack not only Japan but also every part of the world, and when the role of the disaster prevention research should be reexamined and emphasized.
Prof. Kojiri, you have led us for the long period. I'm thankful for this from the bottom of my heart. Please watch forever DPRI together with your family.
I close my last greeting, praying sincerely for the peace of Prof.Kojiri's soul.
I know your enthusiastic passion on the issues related to water resources.. I remerber vividly of your warm welcome when I visited Kyoto Univ.. as a graduate student in 2005... I will miss you and remeber your achievements.. Rest in peace..
Jang Hyun Sung
I met Prof. Kojiri at KU-SNU seminar with Prof. Young-Oh, Kim. I am very sad to hear about Prof. Kojiri. I'd like to express my condolences.
I was saddened to hear of Prof. Kojiri’s death. I want to express my heartfelt condolence. Prof. Kojiri was such a wonderful person, and so many people will miss him.
I met him a few time, but even with such a little chance, I could know that prof. Toshiharu Kojiri has warm heart and is a great and honorable scholar. It is very sad to hear this news and I pray for the peace of his soul.
Seung Beom Seo
I was greatly saddened by the news of Prof. Kojiri's death. I would like to express to you my deeply felt condolences.
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