for outstanding contributions to solid-earth geophysics, especially mechanics of solid with internal sources, earthquake generation physics, theory of geophysical data inversion and its application, and crustal dynamics in plate subduction zones
A list of five major papers
 Matsu’ura, M. and T. Sato (1989), A dislocation model for the earthquake cycle at convergent plate boundaries, Geophys. J. Int., 96, 23-32.
 Matsu’ura, M., H. Kataoka, and B. Shibazaki (1992), Slip-dependent friction law and nucleation processes in earthquake rupture, Tectonophysics, 211, 135-148.
 Yabuki, T. and M. Matsu’ura (1992), Geodetic data inversion using a Bayesian information criterion for spatial distribution of fault slip, Geophys. J. Int., 109, 363-375.
 Fukahata, Y. and M. Matsu’ura (2006), Quasi-static internal deformation due to a dislocation source in a multilayered elastic/viscoelastic half-space and an equivalence theorem, Geophys. J. Int., 166, 418-434.
 Noda, A. and M. Matsu’ura (2010), Physics-based GPS data inversion to estimate 3-D elastic and inelastic strain fields, Geophys. J. Int., 182, 513-530.