JDR Vol.11 No.3 pp. 496-503
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2016.p0496

Survey Report:

Public Forum Progress and Future of Business Continuity Management in Japan – Based on the Lessons Learnt After the Great East Japan Earthquake

Hiroaki Maruya*,**

*International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University
468-1 Aramaki Aza-Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

**Business Continuity Advancement Organization
1-1-21 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

August 31, 2015
November 10, 2015
June 1, 2016
business continuity management (BCM), business continuity plan (BCP), corporate disaster management, the Great East Japan Earthquake

Business Continuity Advancement Organization (BCAO)* and Tohoku University jointly organized a public forum on business continuity management (BCM) during the third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai. From the experience of the 2011 great East Japan earthquake, Japan learned many ways to improve BCM. The progress and direction of BCM was discussed in this forum. Additionally, best practices of BCM and disaster management were awarded by BCAO in the latter part of the forum.
* Details of BCAO is available at (August 31, 2005)

  1. [1] Cabinet Office (Disaster Management), “Business Continuity Guidelines, First Edition,” 2005 (in Japanese), [accessed August 31, 2015] newline Newest version of this Guidelines is; Cabinet Office (Disaster Management), “Business Continuity Guidelines, Third Edition,” 2012 (in Japanese), /keizoku/pdf/guideline03.pdf [accessed August 31, 2015]
  2. [2] Cabinet Office (Disaster Management) “Survey on the Situation of Companies in Business Continuity,” 2013 (in Japanese), [accessed August 31, 2015]
  3. [3] Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), “Emergency Survey on the Actual Status of Industries after the GEJE,” [accessed August 31, 2015]

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