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The Fukushima and Tohoku Disaster - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128129647, 9780128129654

The Fukushima and Tohoku Disaster

1st Edition

A Review of the Five-Year Reconstruction Efforts

Editor: Kansai University School of Societal Safety Sciences
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128140789
eBook ISBN: 9780128129654
Paperback ISBN: 9780128129647
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 16th October 2017
Page Count: 354
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The Fukushima and Tohoku Disaster: A Review of the Five-Year Reconstruction Efforts covers
the outcome of the response, five years later, to the disasters associated with the Great East
Japan earthquake on March 11, 2011. The 3.11 disaster, as it is referred to in Japan, was a
complex accident, the likes of which humans had never faced before. This book evaluates the
actions taken during and after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident, for which the
Japanese government and people were not prepared. The book also provides recommendations
for preparing and responding to disasters for those working and living in disaster-prone areas,
making it a vital resource for disaster managers and government agencies.

Key Features

  • Includes guidelines for governments, communities and businesses in areas where similar complex disasters are likely to occur
  • Provides information, propositions, suggestions and advice from the people that were involved in making suggestions to the Japanese government
  • Features case studies (both pre- and post-disaster) of three simultaneous disasters: the Great East Japan earthquake, the resulting tsunami, and the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster


Professionals, academics, government agencies interested in disaster preparation, response and mitigation

Table of Contents

1 The Great East Japan Earthquake, a Huge Disaster
1.1 Trouble with policies in recovery and reconstruction
1.1.1 Problems in response at the local community level
1.1.2 Problems in response at the prefecture level
1.1.3 Problems in response by the central government
1.1.4 Causes of delays in incomplete recovery and reconstruction projects Did not learn from past lessons There was no wide-area collaboration Reconstruction Charter was incomplete Actions after the disaster and emergency responses are not reviewed
1.2 Quick overview of the 3.11 tsunami generation mechanism
1.3 Tsunami preparation before and after the 3.11 disaster
1.3.1 Tsunami evacuation warnings and advices
1.3.2 Tsunami levee design before the quake
1.3.3 Level-1 (L1) tsunami and Level-2 (L2) tsunami
1.3.4 Problems with constructing tsunami levee
1.4 Troubles in the efforts of revitalizing local communities
1.4.1 Lack of coordination from the start
1.4.2 A case study of Rikuzen Takata pine field
1.4.3 House rebuilding out-of-sync
1.5 Promoting disaster mitigation policies
1.5.1 Newly developed disaster mitigation policies
1.5.2 “The worst disaster scenario” and “disaster prevention and mitigation in the
1.5.3 Disasters at their new stage
1.6 Disaster resilience and homeland reinforcement
1.6.1 Pictures of new disasters to plan against with Homeland Grand Design 2050
and National Spatial Planning
1.6.2 Disaster resilience Timeline After Action Review (AAR)


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About the Editor

Kansai University School of Societal Safety Sciences

Kansai University established its Faculty of Safety Science in April of 2010 at its new MUSE Campus in Takatsuki, Osaka. The school addresses the safety issues of the 21st century. The Faculty of Societal Safety Sciences is committed to developing future leaders who will serve in diverse areas of the public and private sectors. The scope of research at the faculty being broader than safety engineering, the school changed its name to Faculty of Societal Safety Sciences in April 2016. This school analyzes disaster prevention and reduction from the perspectives of numerous academic disciplines including law, political science, economics and management, sociology, psychology, science, informatics, engineering, and social medicine.

Affiliations and Expertise

Kansai University, Takatsuki, Osaka

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