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Disaster Preparedness Tokyo

Photo of the disaster guide from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.Image: Photo of the disaster guide from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has compiled a manual called “Disaster Preparedness Tokyo” (Tokyo Bousai*) to help households get fully prepared for an earthquake directly hitting Tokyo and other various disasters.

“Disaster Preparedness Tokyo” is tailored to the various local features of Tokyo, its urban structure, and the lifestyles of its residents, and contains easy-to-understand information on how to prepare for and respond to a disaster.This information will be useful now and in the event of an emergency.


*Guide PDFs are available for download on the site.

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Resilience in the SDGs: Developing an Indicator for Target 1.5 that is Fit for Purpose

                     - Aditya Bahadur, Emma Lovell, Emily Wilkinson, Thomas Tanner - August 2015

CLICK HERE - Resilience in the SDGs - Developing an indicator for Target 1.5 that is fit for purpose (7 page .PDF file)

We outline a comprehensive approach for developing a cross-sectoral, multi-dimensional and dynamic understanding of resilience. This underpins the core message of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that development is multi-faceted and the achievement of many of the individual development goals is dependent on the accomplishment of other goals. It also acknowledges that shocks and stresses can reverse years of development gains and efforts to eradicate poverty by 2030. Crucially, this approach to understanding resilience draws on data that countries will collect for the SDGs anyway and entails only a small additional burden in this regard.


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What Is the Greatest Threat to Japan's Health? - May 6th, 2013 - Kenji Shibuya

It all started 20 years ago when I was doing my residency in a rural hospital in Chiba prefecture. During my post in the emergency room, I was shocked by a report I happened to read titled "World Development Report 1993: Investing in Health" by the World Bank.

The report examined the development of a rapidly-aging population and changes in disease trends across the world, based on a global health indicator analysis, the "Global Burden of Disease Study" (GBD).


Fukushima Reports (in Japanese)


Japan Chair Platform: Reflections on Health Reconstruction in Japan after 3-11

submitted by Linton Wells

By J. Stephen Morrison

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

Dec 7, 2011



New fission suspected at Fukushima nuclear plant National

Nov. 02, 2011 - 03:00PM JST ( 38 ) TOKYO — The operator of Japan’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant said Wednesday it feared nuclear fission had resumed inside one of the reactors. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it had begun injecting water and boric acid into No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which began leaking radiation after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. “We cannot rule out the possibility of a small nuclear fission reaction,” TEPCO spokesman Hiroki Kawamata said, adding that the injection was a precautionary measure. He said there was no fresh danger at the plant, as the reactor’s temperature and pressure, as well as radiation levels at monitoring posts, showed no substantial changes. Fission is the process by which an operating nuclear reactor produces power. The reactor automatically shut down in the wake of the disaster but nuclear fuel is believed to have melted through its container onto the bottom of the outer vessel when the tsunami knocked out the plant’s cooling systems. The injection was ordered after preliminary analysis of gas samples from the reactor building showed the possible presence of xenon 133 and xenon 135, byproducts of a nuclear reaction. The two substances have short half-lives—five days for xenon 133 and just nine hours for xenon 135—indicating that any nuclear fission was a recent phenomenon.

Japanese Prime Minister Resigns

The Sydney Morning Herald - August 26, 2011


Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has resigned as president of the Democratic Party of Japan, effectively ending his tenure as Japanese leader.

"I resign as the (party) president effective today," Mr Kan told senior party officials, Japan's Jiji press quoted him as saying today.

The long-expected move paves the way for the election of the nation's sixth prime minister in five years as Japan looks to safeguard a recovery from the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and an ongoing nuclear crisis.

A ballot for a new party president, who would then become prime minister, is expected on Monday.

Parliament will then vote the leader in as prime minister on Tuesday next week.

"I will leave the post of prime minister once the new leader is decided," Mr Kan said.

Mr Kan was scheduled to hold a press conference later today.

Lessons from Recent Disasters

Waseda University Long-term Socio-economic and Environmental Resilience Strategy Research Team

Waseda University
Long-term Socio-economic and Environmental Resilience Strategy Research Team

Basic Statistics of the Devastated Coastal Areas by the 2011 Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami (the Previous Socio-Economic and Environmental Condition)


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