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A Study on Local Governments' Efforts to Hand Down Lessons Learned from Disaster in Japan


  • Fumio Takeda

    () (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan)

  • Kiyoshi Takeuchi

    () (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan)

  • Takahisa Mizuyama

    () (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan)


Large-scale disasters are rare, and countermeasures from actual experiences are limited, so we have no choice but to depend on tradition over generations in the region and hearings from other regions. In the revision of the Basic Act on Disaster Control Measures after the Great East Japan Earthquake, "Transfer of Lessons Learned from Disaster" was also stated, but research has not been advanced as compared with other disaster countermeasures efforts. In this research, a survey form was sent to a total of 121 authorities nationwide (47 prefectures, 20 ordinance-designated cities, 31 prefectural capital cities and 23 special wards in Tokyo) in order to grasp the actual situation of efforts for transfer of lessons learned from disaster in local governments, we eventurally got a response from 87 author-ities (72%). As a result, in particular, efforts in areas experienced large-scale disasters in recent years are notable, reveal-ing that cooperation with other areas and information sharing are issues. I sincerely hope that Japan's disaster prevention and crisis management policy will progress, and I hope this research will be of assistance.

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  • Fumio Takeda & Kiyoshi Takeuchi & Takahisa Mizuyama, 2017. "A Study on Local Governments' Efforts to Hand Down Lessons Learned from Disaster in Japan," GRIPS Discussion Papers 17-02, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:ngi:dpaper:17-02

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