What is the useful websites to get information for disasters in Japan?

What is the useful websites to get information for disasters in Japan?

This article introduces a Disaster Prevention Information Portal Website for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games held by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan.

Disaster Prevention Information Portal Website

Japanese have been learning about “Disaster Prevention (Bousai/ぼうさい)” at elementary schools since they were young as Japan is a country with a lot of disasters.

“Disaster Prevention (Bousai, Bosai)” is a way of thinking about how to reduce damage in the event of a disaster.

The Disaster Prevention Information Portal Website of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism provides information that you should know, information that you should see at the time of a disaster, and earthquake information for free.

What is the “Disaster Prevention Information Portal Website” by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism?

The purpose of the Disaster Prevention Information Portal Website is providing information for the Tokyo Olympics, but it is a useful website for people living in Tokyo and nearby areas.

Japanese is the main language, but some sections are available in English, Korean, Chinese (Simplified), and Chinese (Traditional).

If you want to know the weather information or earthquake information in English, the official website of the disaster information portal of the Japan Meteorological Agency is available.

The “official website of the Japan Meteorological Agency’s disaster information portal” is convenient when you go to the countryside from the metropolitan area.

the disaster information portal

What information should you know before a disaster occurs when living in Japan?

画像家財保険の適用範囲The Disaster Prevention Information Portal Website provides information about what kind of damage is likely to occur and how much area is affected, which can be used for damage prediction and evacuation at the time of disaster.

Many houses and lives were damaged by a huge tsunami caused by the earthquake at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. 

This includes the lives lost due to the time delay in the evacuation because the scale of the damage was unknown.

The river rose due to heavy rain, and water came into houses and apartments at the time of the direct hit of a large typhoon in 2019.

In particular, the power distribution equipment will be affected and a power failure may be prolonged if an apartment is flooded.

[Useful Websites pages for Damage Prediction]

  • Flood Navigation
  • Earthquake Damage Estimation
  • Regional Risk Map
  • River Disaster Prevention Information

[Useful Websites pages for Evacuation and Disaster Knowledge]

  • Threat of Natural Disasters
  • Information about the Tsunami
  • Disaster Prevention Book
  • Life Guidebook for Foreigners
  • Disaster Prevention Information for Foreigners
  • Disaster-Related Information Supporting the Lives of Foreigners

What information should you check when a disaster occurs in Japan?



At the time of a disaster, you need to decide to evacuate or take measures by yourself based on the right information such as what, where, and how much damage there is.

When a disaster occurs, you will be in a state of confusion, so you need to check the type of damage that is caused by the disaster or the area you live in regularly.

  1.  Damage Condition
  2. Weather Information
  3.  Information to Escape
  4.  Traffic Situation
  5.  Victim Support Information 
  6.  Safety Information
  7.  lifeline information

We can minimize the damage by preparing for disasters regularly.

I hope that you will learn the concept of “Disaster Prevention (Bousai, Bosai)” by living in Japan.

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