Emergency & Disaster Prevention in Japan

Information on Earthquakes, typhoons, where to evacuate, and more.

Although Japan is a safe and modern country with various emergency services in place, being prepared and knowing how to access those emergency services can make all the difference. Due to its geographical location, Japan is prone to natural disasters such as typhoons and earthquakes. Preparing beforehand will make it easier safeguard yourself and family against injury in the event such disasters occur.

Below are guides including a comprehensive list of various emergency services, useful information and guidance in the event of a natural disaster, Emergency number lists, Evacuation Shelter Sites in Tokyo, and Japanese earthquake insurance.

We recommend that you carefully read and bookmark some articles below so they remain accessible in the event of an emergency.

Japan Typhoon Season: How to Prepare for a Disaster

It is not only earthquakes that you may need to keep in mind as risks of natural disasters in Japan. As sea temperature levels rise due to global warming in recent years, typhoons are beginning to originate closer to Japan, and are becoming more powerful. Tropical storms, which arise from tropical…

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Emergency Evacuation Backpack for Natural Disasters in Japan

Being prepared for emergency evacuation It is advisable to have an evacuation bag prepared in the event of an emergency evacuation in Japan due to an earthquake, fire, tsunami, lifeline cutoff, etc. What items are needed for you or your family to survive while waiting to be rescued or for food suppl…

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Japan and Earthquakes: Why They Happen and How They are Measured

In Japan, you will sometimes hear sudden beeping noise interrupting your TV program and words flashing across the top of the screen - that is a public announcement of the occurrence and magnitude of any earthquake or natural disaster that just occurred in Japan. At the same time, an alarm, warning o…

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What to do in Case of an Earthquake: Safety and Evacuation

Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world, with research showing that there is a 70% probability that one might occur right below Tokyo within the next 30 years. Given that, it is highly advisable to get familiar with what to do in case of an earthquake or earthquake-related e…

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Earthquake-proof your Home: A Simple Safety Checklist

With a tremor occurring in Japan every five minutes, it’s never too early to get your home earthquake-ready to ensure minimum damage and maximum chances of survival. If you come from a country that doesn’t suffer from earthquakes so frequently, here are some basic and common-sense indoor safety meas…

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Earthquake App Options: 6 Smart Choices for your Smartphone

As even Japan's reliable mobile phone networks will inevitably get jammed during natural disasters, the internet is your best bet for getting information and disseminating information about yourself. If you're new to Japan or aren't fluent in the language yet, or if your phone set was purchased outs…

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Earthquake resistance of buildings in Japan

If you are thinking of buying or building a home in Japan but are concerned about earthquakes, take heart—compared to other countries, the collapse ratio of buildings due to a powerful earthquake is said to be extremely low in Japan. When an earthquake does occur, the risk to your home depends on m…

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Japan Earthquake Insurance Guide: A Simple Q&A

There is no question that Japan has frequent earthquakes, yet it actually took many years of discussion and study before an earthquake insurance system was implemented. In fact, it wasn’t until the Niigata Earthquake of 1964 when the government and the non-life insurance sector researched and wrote…

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For Emergency - Methods for Contacting Family Members

We are deeply sorry for those who are suffering and lost your family members after the earthquake on March 11th, 2011.Though the damage is catastrophic we are hopeful and remain optimistic that the resilience of the Japanese will pull us through these difficult times.  Photos : The Pacific coast of…

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