The role of community-based organization in the promotion of disaster preparedness at the community level: A case study of a coastal town in the Kochi Prefecture of the Shikoku Region, Japan

Junko Mimaki, Yukiko Takeuchi, Rajib Shaw

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The Japanese rural coastal areas are inherently vulnerable to typhoons and tsunamis. Their vulnerability has been further increasing recently, in part due to social factors such as the aging of society and depopulation. Following the Kobe earthquake of 1995, the Japanese government has promoted the Voluntary Disaster Preparedness Organization (VDPO) to build communities that are more sustainable and resilient to natural disasters. However, studies indicate that some VDPO activity has stagnated. The present study focuses on a rural coastal area in Japan and examines whether VDPO impacts residents' awareness of disaster preparedness and also examines ties among the community. The study relies on a questionnaire survey. It reveals that VDPO contributes to improving both awareness of disaster preparedness and ties in the community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-215
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Coastal Conservation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Nov 1



  • Disaster preparedness at community level
  • Experience in Japan
  • Rural coastal area
  • Social capital
  • Voluntary disaster preparedness organization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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