Disaster preparedness programming in 17 languages

2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, An aerial view of damage in the Sendai region with black smoke coming from the Nippon Oil Sendai oil refinery. Photo: U.S. Navy photo - released by the United States Navy with the ID 110312-N-0000X-003. Public domain.

Japan: NHK World Radio Japan offers a monthly program, BOSAI (Disaster Preparedness), starting in April. The broadcasts are designed to share lessons learned from earthquakes, typhoons, and tsunami in Japan.


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The program will introduce overseas listeners to basic knowledge such as anticipating earthquakes and flood countermeasure as well as other activities that have saved lives and reduced damage in Japan. These include evacuation drills, risk reduction education, and mutual self-help.

The April edition is How Should Evacuation Centers Be Run? – Lessons of the Kumamoto Earthquake. It presents examples of earthquake-affected people performing key roles in disaster areas by providing support to evacuees.

Each broadcast will include a segment, hosted by Keio University’s Associate Professor Satoko Oki, a specialist in seismology and disaster preparedness education. She answers questions such as how fast a tsunami travels and what happens if you’re in a lift when an earthquake strikes.

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