earthquake

How to Prepare an Emergency Evacuation Pack for Earthquakes and Typhoons in Japan

When I told my Japanese friends that I had an emergency store cupboard at home, stocked up with non-perishable items and bottled water, and that I’d bought a mini gas cooker with spare gas cassettes, they thought it was pretty funny that I was so prepared. After all, there hadn’t been a major earthquake in…

Japan vs Earthquakes: How to Prepare for Disasters

Japan is known for its proneness for natural disasters. The good news is that in the recent years, in spite of 6 large quakes happening, the number of injuries has decreased in comparison to the past. I’m sure the battle between natural disasters and Japan will take a long time to end if it ever…

4 Important Safety Tips to Remember for when an Earthquake Strikes in Japan

As you may know, since April 14th, earthquakes have occurred in the entire region of Kyushu from Kumamoto with aftershocks in many neighboring areas. For travelers and tourists that have never experienced earthquakes before, they may find it difficult to seek help if they happen to experience one here, perhaps due to language barriers and…

A Packing Company Provides Innovative Beds for Kumamoto Earthquake Evacuees

While the earthquake in Kumamoto has had devastating effects, the kindness of humanity will be shown after a disaster. Good samaritans have offered help to residents of Kumamoto in various ways such as fixing broken pottery, and now a paper and cardboard company is offering its help using what it does best. Cardboard Beds? jpacks.co.jp/…

A Good Samaritan Offers to Mend Pottery of Kumamoto Earthquake Victims

The recent earthquake in Kumamoto has damaged many houses and roads. Not only that but the little things such as pots and plates have also been damaged. While new pottery items can be bought, some of them have sentimental value, and the owners may feel sad to part with their treasured pieces. Thus, in a…

How Did a University with 3,000 International Students Cope with the Kyushu Earthquakes?

※The content in this article has been translated from this interview by Nikkei Business Online On April 14th, 2016, an earthquake struck the center of Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu and the surrounding area. In Kumamoto, the deaths of over 40 people have been reported, Aso Ohashi has collapsed and damages to various places have arisen.…

How Does an Earthquake Really Feel? A Personal Account of the Kumamoto Earthquake

The frequent natural disasters that happen in Japan are certainly off-putting for foreign visitors and ex-pats, especially if you come from a country that never suffers from them. Moving to Kumamoto, I felt secure in the knowledge that, as some locals put it, ‘earthquakes never happen here’. The last major earthquake in Kumamoto was 120…

Things to Do in Ikebukuro: 33 Places to Make the Most of Your Visit!

If you come to Tokyo (東京), classic, must-see spots like Shibuya (渋谷)’s scramble crossing, Harajuku (原宿)’s colorful shops and Shinjuku (新宿)’s busy streets will likely be high on your list of places to go. However, did you know that Ikebukuro (池袋) is a less-known district that is just as bustling and exciting? There are plenty…

Bosai: Preparing for Disasters and What to Do When They Happen

The word bosai may have a broad meaning, but it is most commonly associated with disaster preparedness and taking actions when such catastrophes strike. This word is taught to children at an early age and the government regularly conducts public awareness campaigns and earthquake drills around September 1, which is also the anniversary of the…
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