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JDR Vol.19 No.1 pp. 19-29
(2024)
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2024.p0019

Paper:

Features and Issues of Disaster Management Education Practices in Schools and Communities in Japan: Based on an Analysis of Activities of Organizations Participating in the “Disaster Management Education Challenge Plan” of the Cabinet Office

Reo Kimura*,† and Masaki Ikeda**

*School and Graduate School of Human Science and Environment, University of Hyogo
1-1-12 Shinzaike-honcho, Himeji, Hyogo 670-0092, Japan

Corresponding author

**Disaster Resilience Research Division, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED)
Tsukuba, Japan

Received:
August 12, 2023
Accepted:
January 4, 2024
Published:
February 1, 2024
Keywords:
Disaster Management Education Challenge Plan, fundamental skills of disaster management, cluster analysis, awareness that disasters affect everyone
Abstract

In this study, we analyzed the disaster management education programs implemented by organizations included in the Disaster Management Education Challenge Plan, a program established to support disaster management education efforts in Japan. We examined the changes in these programs and identified the current state and issues in the promotion of disaster education in Japan by classifying the contents. The study methodology involved creating data sets of the program reports submitted from fiscal year (FY) 2004 to FY2021 by organizations admitted to the Disaster Management Education Challenge Plan, and evaluating them on scales of “fundamental skills of disaster management” and “factors regarding implementing the programs.” Analysis of the former found that there were few programs aimed at acquiring a scientific understanding of disasters as natural phenomena or learning about measures to prevent damage at normal times. Cluster analysis yielded eight clusters, based on which we discussed and proposed ways to implement the programs in order to improve the “fundamental skills of disaster management.” Similarly, analysis of the latter identified issues with regard to program logistics, such as securing financial resources and cultivating future successors. Cluster analysis yielded five clusters, based on which we discussed and proposed ways to effectively implement the programs.

Cite this article as:
R. Kimura and M. Ikeda, “Features and Issues of Disaster Management Education Practices in Schools and Communities in Japan: Based on an Analysis of Activities of Organizations Participating in the “Disaster Management Education Challenge Plan” of the Cabinet Office,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.19 No.1, pp. 19-29, 2024.
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