The Development of Disaster Management Laws and Systems After the Great East Japan Earthquake, and Local Resilience

  • Naofumi OtaEmail author


This chapter provides an overview of disaster management laws and systems in Japan. In particular, this chapter explains how laws have been developed after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, and identifies the issues associated with establishing a disaster management system that relies on local resilience. The disaster management laws and systems have been developed based on lessons learnt from large-scale disasters experienced in the past, and also with the objective of minimising damage from the Nankai Trough Earthquake and other disaster events that are regarded as certain to occur in the near future. However, challenges still remain from the aspects of recovery and reconstruction. Also concerning prevention, it is crucial for the citizens themselves to enhance their self-help capabilities, to protect themselves from death and injury, and to protect their property, and for the local communities to strengthen their mutual-help capabilities to support each other.


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  1. 1.Ryukoku UniversityKyotoJapan

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