Disaster Mitigation Points for Foreigners
１Be aware of natural disasters in Japan
As a country, Japan is very prone to natural disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, heavy rain, etc.). Typhoons and heavy rain occur frequently between June and October. If a major disaster strikes, it can cause various damage which makes it impossible to continue with daily life.
２Let's ready ourselves!
Prepare in advance to help minimize any damage.
How each of us can prepare
Preventing furniture from overturning
Preparing an emergency kit
Stockpiling water and food
How the community can prepare
Community connections can be invaluable when natural disasters occur. Take part in disaster drills and volunteer in your local area.
３Check disaster information
Multiple useful apps and websites exist to keep you informed about disasters. Make sure you register your smartphone or other device in advance.
Note in particular that the incidence of typhoons can be forecast.
Local authorities may have their own ways of communicating multilingual information. Please check in advance.
Regularly check the location of your local evacuation shelters.
If disaster strikes, people in endangered areas should evacuate to a safe place. Normally, the designated evacuation centres are public facilities such as primary and secondary schools.
Check out the key evacuation pointers and the decision-making flow for evacuation in the event that the corona disaster does not subside.
In the event of earthquakes or tsunamis
If you sense an earthquake near the coast, or if a tsunami warning is issued, evacuate immediately to higher ground.
In the event of heavy rain
Avoid rivers and cliffs.
Smartphone apps for use in the event of disaster
A convenient app for obtaining information on disasters in Japan.
Japan Official Travel App
A convenient app for tourism in Japan, useful in the event of disaster as well.
News from NHK, plus emergency information on earthquakes and tsunamis.
goo Disaster Readiness App
A disaster readiness app that lets you search for evacuation shelters and information on disasters and accidents.
Web sites for use in the event of disaster
Disaster Information from the Japan Meteorological Agency
Stay Safe with NHK WORLD-JAPAN
Released by: Cabinet Office
Supervision and cooperation: Ministry of Justice, Fire and Disaster Management Agency, Japan Tourism Agency, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
*App and website information is current as of the end of March, 2021