2013 研究助成 Research Grant Program  /  共同研究助成A2  
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Towards a Proposal to Improve the Legal System for the Continual Use of Historical Buildings

鰺坂  徹
Toru Ajisaka
Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Kagoshima University
(Grant Amount)
企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


 In recent years, as in the leading example of the JR Tokyo Station, there is a growing interest in "living heritages", historical buildings that have been preserved while utilized. On the other hand, it is becoming more difficult to add on to or refurbish such historical buildings, or change their use because of the need for disaster prevention and the strict application of the Building Standards Act. If buildings are not continuously used, they will deteriorate. In modern societies, in order to preserve and restore historical buildings, it is essential to improve their functions, change their use, or repair them.
 To respond to such circumstances, it is necessary to review, in various aspects, the examination rules and the actual application of the Building Standards Act and the Fire Service Act from the point of view that the existing legal system in Japan including these laws has been legislated on the premise that    it should be applied basically to "new" buildings. In order to promote the continual use of historical buildings that are the precious heritage of Japan and to preserve Japanese culture for the next generation, we will refer to cases in Europe and the U.S. and will review the related legal systems in general. Subsequently, we will submit a proposal to relevant ministries and agencies to improve the laws.
 In submitting the proposal, we will consult with expert advisors of the Tokyo Bar Association, legal experts of the relevant laws, and create a practical output. We will widely ask the general public for its opinions at symposiums, etc. In addition, we will submit the proposal to associated ministries and government offices such as the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and the Ministry of International Affairs and Communications. In this manner, we will aim to specifically improve the laws related to historical buildings.

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