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23 Jan 2018 description
report Government of Japan

Based on changes in domestic and international trends affecting the refugee recognition system, the Ministry of Justice revised the operations of the refugee recognition system in September 2015 in order to promote prompt and reliable asylum for genuine refugees, and as part of this revision, measures are being implemented in order to curb the abuse or misuse of applications for refugee recognition status, but there has been a persistent surge in the abuse or misuse of applications, resulting in a situation where the prompt protection of genuine refugees has been hindered.

12 Jan 2018 description

TOKYO, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Japan will limit asylum seekers' right to work from Monday, making changes to its refugee system that are likely to swell the numbers of those in detention centres, the justice ministry said, prompting refugee groups to flag humanitarian concerns.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

13 Sep 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone TALIM continued moving over the northwestern Pacific Ocean, strengthening. On 13 September 0.00 UTC it was located 90 km of Miyako-Jima island (Japan) and it had maximum sustained wind speed of 139 km/h.

  • Over the next 24 hours, it could start moving over the East China Sea, strengthening as a typhoon. Its centre could pass approximately 300 km north-east of Taiwan and off the coast of Zhejiang (China) on 14-15 September, before reaching south-western Japan on 16-17 September. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge could affect these areas.

07 Aug 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone NORU continued moving over the North Western Pacific Ocean, towards Osumi islands (Ryukyu Archipelago). On 7 August morning (UTC), it was forecast to pass over or very close to Muroto city (Kochi prefecture, Sikoku island) as a Typhoon. Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue moving over central and eastern Honshu island, weakening but remaining a Tropical Storm.
04 Jul 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone NANMADOL continued moving northeastward slightly strengthening but remaining a Tropical Storm. On 4 July at 0.00 UTC, it made landfall approx 40 km east of Nagasaki city (Kyushu island, Japan) as a Tropical Storm and continued moving east crossing the prefecture of Nagasaki of Kumamoto and Oita.
  • According to JMA, as of 4 July at 9.00 UTC, several warnings for heavy rain, flood, high waves, gales and thunderstorms are in effect for Kumamoto prefecture (Kyushu island), the northern, southwestern prefectures of Honshu island.
22 Jun 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Japan’s experience in increasing the safety of the built environment through an incremental, context-specific approach to building regulation offers key lessons for developing countries seeking to mitigate disaster risk.

The importance of building regulation in mitigating disaster risk

22 Jun 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Assisting the Most Vulnerable Would Be Significant Progress

When looking for solutions to the global refugee crisis, Japan is often identified as a country that could do more. It contributes generously to the United Nations refugee agency but does very little in terms of recognizing asylum seekers in Japan or in resettling refugees stranded, often in terrible conditions, in Thailand, Lebanon, Kenya, Pakistan and elsewhere.

13 Apr 2017 description

By Yuki Matsuoka

Tokyo, 13 April, 2017 - This week saw further strengthening of Japan’s support for disaster risk reduction with the launch of a new non-partisan parliamentarian support group.

Welcoming the move, Mr. Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, said it was further proof of Japan’s commitment to reducing disaster losses at home and abroad.

23 Mar 2017 description

By Yuki Matsuoka

SENDAI, Japan, 23 March 2017 – Schoolchildren and businesses in Japan are working hard to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year blueprint adopted at a UN conference in their country in 2015.

13 Feb 2017 description

This case study gives an overview of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) initial emergency response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (GEJET) which happened on the 11 March 2011. The timeframe covered is approximately 3 weeks during the time of launch of the response and frst phase of the relief period. It also looks at the challenges the Emergency response teams faced after the cascading disaster which triggered the accident at the Fukushima – Daiichi nuclear power plant.

16 Dec 2016 description


Perched on the edge of the intersection of three tectonic plates, Japan has been repeatedly hit and devastated by earthquakes. However, Japan has revitalized itself as a nation and a society every time, and its accumulated knowledge has served to advance its resilience and minimize future risks and losses.

This manual focuses on Japanese Seismic Preparedness Maps, one of the tools used in Japan to communicate earthquake risks for better preparedness at the community level.

22 Nov 2016 description


Intensity class VII:

People have difficulty standing. Drivers on the road feel their cars shaking. Furniture may be overturned and broken. Loose bricks fall from buildings and masonry walls and cracks in plaster and masonry may appear. Weak chimneys may break at the roofline. Damage is slight to moderate in well-built structures; considerable in poorly constructed buildings and facilities.

Concepts and definitions

22 Nov 2016 description

7.4 M earthquake with a depth of 30 km occurred in Region Fukushima - ken Oki, Japan at 05:59 (UTC +9). Tsunami alert has been issued by the Japan Meteorogical Agency for potential affected areas. Evacuation is ongoing and potential damage due to tsunami is expected. Based on news, tsunami also observed in Sendai Port (1.4 m), Soma Port (0.9 m), Ishinomaki Ayukawa (0.8 m) , Kuji Port (0.8 m) and Onahama Port (0.8 m).

04 Nov 2016 description
report UN News Service

3 November 2016 – Japan’s initiative to raise the awareness of the risks posed by tsunamis will this weekend mark a milestone when World Tsunami Awareness Day makes its debut on 5 November – an occasion that goes beyond paying tribute to the victims of tsunamis.

24 Oct 2016 description

By Rocio Diaz-Agero Roman

NEW YORK, 24 October 2016 – The future of Fukushima Prefecture dramatically changed on 11 March 2011. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake off Japan’s eastern seaboard unleashed a powerful tsunami that triggered a devastating nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant.

Speaking at an event ‘Fukushima After 2049 Days: Current revitalization on the ground’ at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Governor of Fukushima Prefecture, Mr. Masao Uchibori, underscored that the region’s clocks did not stop that day.

30 Aug 2016 description

1. Helping Developing Countries Reduce Disaster Risk from Natural Hazards through Modern Hydromet Services