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JDR Vol.17 No.2 pp. 164-182
(2022)
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2022.p0164

Paper:

Policies of Disaster Management in Japan for Preparation for Nankai Megathrust Earthquake

Yoshiaki Kawata

Faculty of Safety Science, Kansai University
7-1 Hakubai-cho, Takatsuki-shi, Osaka 569-1098, Japan

Corresponding author

Received:
August 7, 2018
Accepted:
August 6, 2021
Published:
February 1, 2022
Keywords:
Nankai earthquake, disaster resilience, tsunami, national catastrophe, Ministry of Disaster Management
Abstract

If the Nankai Megathrust Earthquake should occur, it is clear that the disaster would become a national catastrophe. To avoid the decline of Japan caused by such earthquake first of all the proactive measures, improvement of prevention, and the reactive ones, strengthening of recovery, have to be taken by means of Disaster Resilience. Looking back on the history of Japan, we can easily understand that Japan is a lucky country, because it has never experienced the disturbances of war or huge disaster leading to a collapse of the country. However, it has become obvious that if the Nankai Megathrust Earthquake should occur, it would trigger the decline of Japan. Therefore, the Ministry of Disaster Management should be established to prevent a disaster as national catastrophe and collapse of the country. For this reason the main objectives and responses of the Ministry of Disaster Management are clarified in this paper. Especially in the phases of initial response and life rebuilding making use of the experiences of the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake and recognizing that the Tokai Earthquake cannot be predicted, the issuance of the emergency information of the Nankai Megathrust Earthquake and its problems are discussed and summarized.

Cite this article as:
Yoshiaki Kawata, “Policies of Disaster Management in Japan for Preparation for Nankai Megathrust Earthquake,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.17, No.2, pp. 164-182, 2022.
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