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Disaster Prevention (Earthquakes, Fire Prevention, etc.)


The Great East Japan Earthquakes is perhaps the best known of major earthquakes to hit Japan in the recent past. Residents of Japan should keep themselves informed of the latest evacuation instructions and be prepared for natural disasters.

NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai, or the Japan Broadcasting Corporation) provides warnings of major natural disasters and advice in their aftermath in English as a sub-sound channel on television and on Radio Station No. 2 (693 KHz).

Preparing for Earthquakes

To keep damage from earthquakes to a minimum, it is important to be prepared:

When an Earthquake Strikes

Even the most violent of tremors lasts for only about one or two minutes with any aftershocks generally being weaker. When an earthquake strikes, remember the following points so that secondary disasters, such as fires and serious injuries, do not occur.

  1. Turn off all possible sources of fire (gas equipment, electric appliances, etc.).
  2. Open a door or window to secure an exit. Do not rush outside in a panic because there is danger of falling items, such as falling billboards.
  3. Protect yourself by crawling under a sturdy table or desk or some other item of furniture.
  4. Obtain accurate information from such sources as TV or radio.
  5. Check on the safety of your neighbors and assist them if you can.
  6. If you are outdoors, avoid going near objects that may collapse (walls, gate posts, etc.).

Please note that the evacuation sites on campus are as follows:


Please be sure to check the location of the nearest evacuation site to you in the neighborhood where you live.

Items to Have on Hand in Case of Disaster

Fire Prevention

Because many of the houses in Japan are made of material that easily burns, you must be very careful to prevent fires. Please be particularly careful about extinguishing all possible sources of fire, such as heating equipment, cigarettes, and gas, when you leave your home or go to sleep.

What to Do if a Fire Breaks Out

To Report a Crime, Theft, or Traffic Accident (Dial the police department at 110.)

These calls are handled across Japan on a 24-hour basis. If someone is injured, the police can call an ambulance.

How to Make a 110 Call

Concerning the Use of Illegal Drugs

In Japan, possession of all illegal drugs, such as marijuana, stimulants, cocaine, heroin, opium, LSD, and MDMA, are strictly prohibited by law. Please be aware that  possession of even a small amount of any of these illegal drugs is punishable by law as a criminal offense and could lead to serving a sentence in jail.

Created: March 30, 2010 / Last modified:June 24, 2016