OECD Studies in Risk Management - Japan


The OECD Futures Project on Risk management Policies has published two new studies on Japan; one on floods and the other one on Earthquakes. Learn more about the risk management project and see the list of other studies already published.

OECD Studies in Risk Management - Japan: Floods
In recent years, Japan has witnessed a significant increase in precipitation levels and in the frequency of extreme climatic events such as typhoons, which have raised the likelihood of flood disasters. Meanwhile, increasing concentration of people and economic assets has led to an escalation of financial costs of disasters. The rapid ageing of the population can also be a factor of vulnerability if the specific needs of older people in emergency situations are not appropriately addressed. One of the aims of this report is to help raising awareness about the importance of risk management in Japan and in other OECD countries, in order to prioritise and support prevention and preparedness policies. Download this report.

OECD Studies in Risk Management - Japan: Earthquakes
In the past decade, it has become increasingly evident that the destruction potential of a wide range of natural and man-made hazards was growing in many OECD countries. One of the major reasons behind this trend is the concentration of people and economic assets in hazard-prone areas. In such circumstances, technology can mitigate the impact of hazards, but only to a certain degree. This was observed in Kobe during the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake, where several hundred thousand people were left temporarily homeless, and where the entire city infrastructure had broken down. Download this report.