earthquake occurred in the Noto region of Ishikawa Prefecture.

Wisdom for Disaster Reduction Inherited in Earthquake-prone Japan

Wisdom for Disaster Reduction Inherited in Earthquake-prone Japan – 地震大国・日本で受け継がれてきた減災の知恵

[Close Up Japan – March 2024 Issue]


On January 1st, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake occurred in the Noto region of Ishikawa Prefecture.


The Earth is covered by over ten plates, and the Japanese archipelago, located at the collision zone of four of these plates, causes frequent earthquakes and volcanic activities.

地球は十数枚のプレートで覆われていますが、その内4枚のプレートの衝突部にある日本列島は、地震や火山活動がが ひんぱんに起こります。

Furthermore, during summer, it becomes a pathway for typhoons forming in the southeast sea, with numerous typhoons affecting one after another.


With 70% of its land covered by mountains and numerous steep and fast-flowing rivers, Japan is prone to typhooninduced landslides and flooding.


Japan faces numerous conditions that make it susceptible to natural disasters.


However, within this unstable and challenging natural environment, various technologies and innovations have been developed to survive, contributing to the advancement of its culture.


The Horyu-ji Five-story Pagoda, constructed in the 7th century, boasts a history of over 1300 years and stands as the world’s oldest existing wooden structure.


Japan’s ancient seismic isolation and vibration control techniques have been passed down to the present day, with the Tokyo Skytree, towering at 634 meters, incorporating the high-rise construction technology of this Five-story Pagoda.


Japanese people have inherited wisdom and efforts for disaster reduction, accepting both the richness and severity of nature to minimize damage.


文: 小池タカエ

Writer: KOIKE Takae

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