Oct 22, 2014

Problems found at 201 river flood control dams across Japan

Japan’s Board of Audit said it has found problems with 201 flood-control dams on creeks and rivers across the country, which could make them ineffective in a crisis. The board urged the land ministry to take steps to resolve the problems, noting that some ...

Hyogo group issues multilingual disaster preparation guidebook

Oct 15, 2014

Hyogo group issues multilingual disaster preparation guidebook

The Hyogo International Association in Hyogo Prefecture has created a disaster preparation guidebook in nine languages, including Vietnamese and Spanish, for families that can’t speak Japanese. The guidebook provides explanations of eight kinds of natural disasters common in Japan, including mudslides, and Japanese terms ...

Tsunami-hit town releases new disaster prep map

Jul 9, 2014

Tsunami-hit town releases new disaster prep map

An updated tsunami evacuation map has been released by officials in the disaster-hit town of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, and includes warnings and important safety tips. The map, available on the town’s official website, was revised based on lessons learned from the March 2011 earthquake ...

Earthquake safety book for children wins praise

Mar 14, 2014

Earthquake safety book for children wins praise

An illustrated book created by a nonprofit organization in Aichi Prefecture to inform children how to protect themselves in an earthquake is winning wide-ranging praise. The NPO Kasumin, based in the city of Kasugai, issued “Jishin ga Kitara — Bosai-ehon” (“When a Quake Hits ...

Jan 17, 2014

Disaster plan to swiftly evacuate socially vulnerable citizens revised

The government’s disaster prevention panel Friday revised its basic preparedness plan in hopes of ensuring that the elderly and other vulnerable people can evacuate quickly and smoothly, drawing from lessons from the March 2011 disasters. Under the revised plan, the government will put stronger ...

How green is Tohoku's 'Green Connections' project?

| Aug 17, 2013

How green is Tohoku's 'Green Connections' project?

by Winifred Bird

On its surface, the plan seems like an environmentalist’s dream come true: Take wreckage from the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region of Honshu and pile it along the washed-out coastline; cover the crumbled concrete and broken ...

Tsunami hero continuing disaster education efforts

May 30, 2013

Tsunami hero continuing disaster education efforts

by Setsuko Kamiya

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, regional governments have been reviewing their disaster plans and enhancing preparations, from boosting buildings’ quake resistance to increasing their stockpiles of emergency food and blankets for immediate use. While taking such measures is undoubtedly crucial, Toshitaka Katada, a ...