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March 2013

LESSONS FROM DISASTERS


PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY
Prime Minister’s Visit to the United States  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington, D.C. in February, where he attended a summit meeting with U.S. President Obama.

 


COVER STORY
LESSONS FROM DISASTERS  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
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The enormous loss of life and damage brought by the Great East Japan Earthquake has further sharpened Japan's determination to introduce new measures for preventing and mitigating disasters. This month's Cover Story introduces some of the lessons learned from the country's various disasters over time, beginning with the "three principles of evacuation" and the "miracle" of Kamaishi of March 11, 2011.

 


The Appliance of Science  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(3,141KB)

This feature introduces some of the cutting-edge technologies that continue to be honed in the fields of train-safety and tsunami forecasting, and looks at how cloud computing can contribute to disaster prevention.

 


Leading Recovery( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(665KB)

Young Japanese people played a leading role in reconstruction efforts following the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011. This feature profiles the work of two such leaders: Retz Fujisawa of the RCF Reconstruction Support Team and Takashi Tachibana of Oh!Guts!

 


International Cooperation for Disaster Reduction( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(582KB)

Seismology and earthquake engineering, and post-disaster psychological support, are just two fields in which Japan is sharing its disaster prevention expertise overseas. This feature introduces the activities of the International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering in Tsukuba, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency in China.

 


SERIES
STUDENTS' CORNER
Ways of Japan: Disaster Prevention ( HTML : English / Japanese )
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Learn how ordinary Japanese people prepare themselves for disasters and answer our quiz!


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Easy Detection of Multiple Genes  ( HTML : English / Chinese / Japanese )
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Researchers at a private company in Osaka have developed a revolutionary system for the quick visual observation of multiple genes.


JAPANESE ABROAD
Making Wine History in Martinborough  ( HTML : English / Chinese / Japanese )
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Hiroyuki Kusuda and his Martinborough, New Zealand-produced wines continue to win international acclaim.


47 PREFECTURES: FROM A TO Y
Ehime/Fukui ( HTML : English / Chinese / Japanese )
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Continuing this series introducing places or things of interest in each of Japan’s forty-seven prefectures, Rob Gilhooly visits Japan’s oldest spa resort in Matsu-yama, Ehime Prefecture, and two washi paper makers in Echizen, Fukui Prefecture.



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