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Creation of a New Research Association as Part of Disaster Culture

Authors: Tomoko Yamazaki*, Iwate University
Topics: Hazards and Vulnerability, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Sustainability Science
Keywords: disaster culture, a paradise in hell, Sanriku Coast, a party concerned, research association
Session Type: Paper
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On 3/11, 2011, the Sanriku Coast, Japan was hit by great tsunamis, which caused a devastating damage to the coastal areas, and it also triggered the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident, which has been spreading the damages to the inland areas. In this “hell”, respectable efforts to help each other were seen in hopeless conditions. “A paradise in hell” which Solnit proposed based on her research of disasters in the U.S. took place in Japan too. If this paradise stays in our daily lives, the current real life should be much better. However, the reality is different. The 2011 great tsunamis destroyed not only buildings but the whole social systems. As much budget as a nation has is required to restore the damages, and its process is complex. In this situation, what can research or researchers do? To understand the reality by listening to the sufferers is essential. If they are tied to the others who did not experience a disaster, and the latter can think and act as a party concerned, a new disaster culture could be created. Based on this concept, a new research association, which is open to researchers, sufferers and citizens, was established in February 2019. In this presentation, its purpose, possibility and challenges are to be discussed.

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