NAKAGAWA Takeshi (Director General of JSA / Prof. of Waseda Univ.)

Japanese Government that had played a leading role in the peace negotiation of Cambodia from the late 1980's, thought it was essential to make a continuous international cooperation for their postwar social rehabilitation. As a symbolic project, the Safeguard of the Angkor monuments was started under the international cooperation by Japanese and French governments. JSA is to carry out major part of the purpose, which is clear and easily understood its important significance. However, it is quite another story as to how we could carry out actual restoration and conservation to fulfill the purpose.

In order for the Cambodian people to restore the monuments by themselves, what is the cooperation that we can offer? How can such activities lead to Japanese-Cambodian friendship, international cooperation and restoration of the Cambodian society? We have explored answers to these subjects and brief our thoughts as follows.

Ancestors of the Khmer were superior in idea and sense of balancing out an ecological circulation of water, native climate of the land and newly introduced techniques. This trait is expressed in the placement, construction method and formation of the monuments. Therefore, in order to preserve and inherit these unique concepts of the Khmer to the later generations, we have to restore these monuments. When we ask a question as to what do we appeal to the world from Cambodia, it is not only the timing that Cambodian began to take shape for becoming independent and making restoration by themselves, but also for Japanese to face to the world as a subject of its own.

When we pass on our knowledge and technology to the Cambodian people and to perspire together at the site, what we find through this close relationship in every respect will never be one-way cooperation. It is a strong will of believing future together, backed by our shared feeling of revival of the past.

-Architecture Historian
-Dr. of Engineering
-Professor of Waseda University, Japan
1944 born in Japan,
1972 Graduated the PHD course of Waseda University, Japan
[ main activities ]
1972- Research on Japanese traditional Architecture
1982-91 Research on traditional Buddhist temple of Sri Lanka
1989-92 Research on Khmer Architecture in Northern Thailand
1977- Research on cultural heritage of EGYPT
1991- Conservation and restoration project of the Can Chanh Palace of HUE, Vietnam
1992- Starting of the preliminary survey of Angkor monuments by the request of Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1994- Director General of the Japanese Government Team for Safeguarding Angkor
1995- Member of the UNESCO specialist council for Hue city, Vietnam
2000- Member of the cultural heritage specialist council of JAPAN
2001- 2003 President of the Architecture History Institute of Japan

1998 awarded the ORDER of SAHAKMETREI Kingdom by HIS MAJESTY KING Norodom Sihanouk of Kingdom of CAMBODIA
2000 awarded the ORDER of distinguished service for the Contribution in Conservation of Ethno-cultural Heritage by Hue Province & Ministry of Culture and Information, VIETNAM
2002 awarded the Architecture Institute PRIZE from Architectural Institute of JAPAN for "International Contribution through the Restoration Works of Angkor Thom Bayon Temple Northern Library"
2005 awarded the ORDER of Monisaraphon by HIS MAJESTY KING Norodom Sihamoni of Kingdom of CAMBODIA