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.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)207-215
ページ数9
ジャーナルJournal of Coastal Conservation
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DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2009 11月
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 海洋学
  • 生態学
  • 自然保全および景観保全

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