disaster relief
Tohoku Trip: Kesennuma

Tohoku Trip: Kesennuma

Part of the Tohoku Research Trip Report. The tsunami caused fires on the oil floating on the waters above the port in Kesennuma: an inferno on the water, a living nightmare that lasted 4 days.

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Mika Shimizu: Policy Lessons for Japanese Disaster Responses

Mika Shimizu: Policy Lessons for Japanese Disaster Responses

Shimizu: Although the Prime Minister’s office has established more than twenty new offices to respond to the disaster since the earthquake, a pre-event well-understood, resilience-based and focused coordination plan would have helped manage a more effective post-disaster response.

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Boosting SDF's Nuclear Accident Response Capabilities

Boosting SDF’s Nuclear Accident Response Capabilities

Yomiuri: The SDF plans to better incorporate operations SDF personnel conducted under highly radioactive conditions. This is expected to include improving response capabilities by beefing up equipment, enhancing cooperation, and holding exercises.

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Yasuji Ishigaki on Regional Cooperation following the Earthquake

Yasuji Ishigaki on Regional Cooperation following the Earthquake

Ishigaki: The concerted efforts shown so admirably by Japan's East Asian neighbors to provide aid and support could be regarded as deriving out of the sense of regional solidarity or “We-feeling.”

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The Diplomat: Japan's Soft Power Chance

The Diplomat: Japan’s Soft Power Chance

A proposal for humanitarian assistance / disaster relief ships to serve Japan and abroad.

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Tohoku Trip: On the Plains - From Higashi-Matsushima to Minami-Soma

Tohoku Trip: On the Plains – From Higashi-Matsushima to Minami-Soma

Part of the Tohoku Research Trip Report. The towns on the plains south of Sendai been covered in mud and water. Among them Minami-Soma, which lies on the edge of the 30km radiation exclusion zone around Fukushima Dai-ichi. What future lies for these towns so utterly destroyed by the tsunami?

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On the Civilian Side of the Restoration Efforts: Chaos?

On the Civilian Side of the Restoration Efforts: Chaos?

News Post Seven talks with police, fire and local government representatives to paint a bleak picture of the civilian side of the restoration work over 100 days on from the Tohoku Earthquake.

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Swimming, Surviving, Breeding

Swimming, Surviving, Breeding

11 goldfish were rescued from an abandoned school in Fukushima. They were reunited with the children from the school who will continue to look after them at a GSDF base.

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Looking Closer at Japanese Satellite Networks During Disaster Response

Looking Closer at Japanese Satellite Networks During Disaster Response

[Courtesy of Peter J. Brown, originally published at Japanese in Space.] Earlier this week, I wrote about a report issued by the Government of Japan’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters (NERHQ). I mentioned that it raised questions about the overall performance, reliability and robustness of Japan’s satellite networks including the “Local Authorities Satellite Communications Network” or LASCOM. Kazuto Suzuki, Professor...

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SDF Restoration Work in Otsuchi, Iwate [Youtube Friday]

SDF Restoration Work in Otsuchi, Iwate [Youtube Friday]

Over three months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, this week's video looks at the work of SDF members from Kyoto in the town of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture.

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Sankei sits down with Commander of Joint Disaster Response Taskforce

Sankei sits down with Commander of Joint Disaster Response Taskforce

An interview with the Commander of the relief effort reveals several challenges faced by the SDF in their response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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Yomiuri on one SDF member's quake story

Yomiuri on one SDF member’s quake story

From the Akita edition of the Yomiuri comes the story of a Ground Self-Defense Force Captain whose family were caught up in the tsunami: 3 months after the catastrophe: His family are victims – SDF member on duty in Kamaishi Crunch, crunch… The sound of SDF members stabbing the gravel with their shovels can be...

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