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January 2017

Safety First

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PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY
- Japan-Russia Summit Meeting
- World Assembly for Women : WAW! 2016

COVER STORY
Safety First

FEATURES

Developing Resilience

As a nation vulnerable to a variety of natural hazards, Japan has been striving to bolster its national resilience on a continual basis. We asked Satoshi Fujii, a professor at the Graduate School of Engineering at Kyoto University who serves as a special advisor to the Cabinet, about Japan's disaster risk reduction policies.

Have a Safe Trip

On Japan's Shinkansen high-speed railway, punctuality and safety are never in doubt.

Introducing Tuned Mass Dampers

A 53-story skyscraper in Tokyo has been retro-fitted with a new system that effectively counters the long-period ground motion caused by earthquakes.

Maintaining High Standards

For Japan's largest domestic and international airline, communication is the key to reducing human errors and preventing accidents.

Foiling the Forgers

Japan's advanced anti-counterfeiting technologies are beginning to attract the attention of countries around the world.

Face Value

Face recognition technology is being used in an increasingly wide range of applications around the world.

Water Wisdom Shared

Water experts from Okinawa[nakashima1] are introducing water supply technologies to the Polynesian islands of Samoa.

The Sunflower Satellites

"Himawari" series Japanese weather observation satellites contribute to meteorological forecasts and disaster reduction not only in Japan, but also in East Asia and the West Pacific region.

SERIES

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Throwing Light on Drugs and Pathogens

Professor Hiroshi Ueda and his research group have discovered a technology for the quick and simple detection of illicit drugs.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Knowing the Disaster Risks

Netra Prakash Bhandary has been researching disaster risks in Japan for almost twenty years while transferring local knowledge and expertise to the land of his birth, Nepal.

INNOVATIVE ARTISTS
Cutting-Edge Kimono

Designer Risa Kojo brings a deep understanding of the history of her art to the intricate, age-old craft of Ise-katagami pattern making.

TRADITIONAL CRAFTS
Capital Fabrics

Tomita Some Kogei is the last remaining exponent of a most refined traditional craft.

JAPAN HERITAGE
All in the Mountains

Craftspeople in the Kiso region of Nagano Prefecture have honed their skills in woodworking while preserving the natural surroundings that make it possible.