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Science of Societal Safety

Living at Times of Risks and Disasters

  • Seiji Abe
  • Mamoru Ozawa
  • Yoshiaki Kawata
  • Provides the basic concepts of the prevention, mitigation, and countermeasures for natural disasters and accidents

  • Includes discussion of natural disasters, industrial accidents, human factors, risk assessment, and recovery systems

  • Discusses not only safety engineering concerns but also social, legal, economic, cultural, and psychological issues

Open Access

Part of the Trust book series (TRUST, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Human Societies and Societal Safety Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Seiji Abe, Mamoru Ozawa, Hideyuki Shiroshita
      Pages 3-13 Open Access
    3. Hiroshi Nishimura, Emiko Kanoshima, Kazuhiro Kono
      Pages 15-26 Open Access
    4. Shoji Tsuchida, Seiji Kondo, Kenji Koshiyama
      Pages 27-35 Open Access
    5. Toshihiro Kawaguchi, Tadahiro Motoyoshi
      Pages 37-46 Open Access
  3. Events That Threaten Human and Its Societies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Mamoru Ozawa
      Pages 49-55 Open Access
    3. Koji Ichii, Yoshinari Hayashi, Tomofumi Koyama, Tomoyuki Takahashi
      Pages 57-71 Open Access
    4. Takahiro Nakamura, Emiko Kanoshima, Tomofumi Koyama, Hiroshi Nishimura, Mamoru Ozawa
      Pages 73-86 Open Access
    5. Toshio Takatorige, Yukio Hirose, Shingo Nagamatsu
      Pages 87-97 Open Access
    6. Shingo Nagamatsu
      Pages 99-109 Open Access
  4. Risk Analysis and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Eiki Yamakawa, Toshihiro Kawaguchi
      Pages 113-120 Open Access
    3. Yoshinari Hayashi, Katsuyuki Kamei
      Pages 121-128 Open Access
    4. Seiji Kondo, Yukio Hirose, Hideyuki Shiroshita
      Pages 129-140 Open Access
    5. Katsuyuki Kamei
      Pages 141-150 Open Access
  5. Social Mechanisms for Disaster Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Kazuhiko Takano, Koji Ichii, Shozo Nagata, Eiichi Yamasaki
      Pages 153-167 Open Access
    3. Tomofumi Koyama, Seiji Abe, Seiji Kondo, Yoshihiro Okumura, Hideyuki Shiroshita, Toshio Takatorige
      Pages 169-184 Open Access

About this book


This open access book covers comprehensive but fundamental principles and concepts of disaster and accident prevention and mitigation, countermeasures, and recovery from disasters or accidents including treatment and care of the victims. Safety and security problems in our society involve not only engineering but also social, legal, economic, cultural, and psychological issues. The enhancement needed for societal safety includes comprehensive activities of all aspects from precaution to recovery, not only of people but also of governments. In this context, the authors, members of the Faculty of Societal Safety Science, Kansai University, conducted many discussions and concluded that the major strategy is consistent independently of the type and magnitude of disaster or accident, being also the principle of the foundation of our faculty.

The topics treated in this book are rather widely distributed but are well organized sequentially to provide a clear understanding of the principles of societal safety. In the first part the fundamental concepts of safety are discussed. The second part deals with risks in the societal and natural environment. Then follows, in the third part, a description of the quantitative estimation of risk and its assessment and management. The fourth part is devoted to disaster prevention, mitigation, and recovery systems. The final, fifth part presents a future perspective of societal safety science.

Thorough reading of this introductory volume of societal safety science provides a clear image of the issues. This is largely because the Japanese have suffered often from natural disasters and not only have gained much valuable information about disasters but also have accumulated a store of experience. We are still in the process of reconstruction from the Great East Japan earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident. This book is especially valuable therefore in studying the safety and security of people and their societies.


Societal safety Disaster prevention Disaster mitigation Risk management Risk assessment Open Access quality control, reliability, safety and risk terrorism

Editors and affiliations

  • Seiji Abe
    • 1
  • Mamoru Ozawa
    • 2
  • Yoshiaki Kawata
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Societal Safety SciencesKansai UniversityTakatsukiJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Societal Safety SciencesKansai UniversityTakatsukiJapan
  3. 3.Faculty of Societal Safety SciencesKansai UniversityTakatsukiJapan

About the editors

Graduate School of Societal Safety Sciences, Kansai University

​In April of 2010, Kansai University opened its Faculty of Safety Science at its new MUSE Campus in Takatsuki, Osaka, to address the safety issues of the 21st century. Undergraduates can choose between two tracks to specialize in the area of natural disasters or choose to concentrate on the field of man-made disasters. Students will be expected to discuss how to minimize and prevent damage created by natural forces and man-made accidents. They will also learn how to create policies and systems that ensure security. The Faculty of Societal Safety Sciences is committed to develop future leaders who will serve in diverse areas of the public and private sectors.

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