JDR Vol.16 No.6 pp. 929-932
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2021.p0929


Problems of Local Disaster Management Plan at the Great East Japan Earthquake and Achievements 10 Years Later

Hajime Kagiya

Atomi University
1-5-2 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8687, Japan

Corresponding author

May 9, 2021
July 19, 2021
September 15, 2021
local disaster management plan, subordinate plan, local collaboration, human resources development

According to the survey of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers, sending and receiving of support, vertical division of organizations, business continuity, local collaboration, management of disaster prevention and mitigation, advance preparation for reconstruction, and number of personnel are listed as the problems of a local disaster management. As for these problems, the achievements are made clear by analyzing concretely the progress for 10 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake based on the data and examples. As a result it is found out that at the state level the know-how to formulate the subordinate plan of a regional disaster management plan has been summarized and the training system is being arranged to develop the human resources. And at the level of the local governments the rate of the local governments which have worked out a business continuity plan improves and the number of the personnel engaging in disaster management increases significantly. Furthermore, some remarkable advanced examples are observed in the problems of “vertical division of organizations” and “local collaboration.” In the future these measures should be implemented in the individual local governments and elaborated continuously by improving themselves through friendly rivalry.

Cite this article as:
H. Kagiya, “Problems of Local Disaster Management Plan at the Great East Japan Earthquake and Achievements 10 Years Later,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.16 No.6, pp. 929-932, 2021.
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