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Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R): Case Study of Japan

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2021
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2021
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This case study extracts translatable and transferable lessons learned from the evolution of disaster risk management (DRM) in Japan by focusing on the country’s emergency preparedness and response (EP&R) system. Chapter 1 describes the present state of the DRM system in Japan from a holistic viewpoint, with case studies of three major disasters that have influenced the process by which legal and institutional frameworks for the country’s disaster management have been amended: the Isewan Typhoon in 1959, the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (Kobe Earthquake) in 1995, and the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (GEJET) in 2011. Chapter 2 describes facilities, equipment, and information systems for DRM, while chapter 3 elaborates on personnel management, citizen engagement, and cooperation mechanisms in Japan. Chapter 4 highlights four lessons learned from Japan’s disaster preparedness and response experiences relevant for developing countries that could face similar disasters.
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World Bank. 2021. Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R): Case Study of Japan. © Washington, DC. http://hdl.handle.net/10986/37838 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.
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