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The Evolution of Disaster Volunteering in Japan: From Kobe to Tohoku

Avenell, Simon


On the morning of January 17, 1995, the Kobe region of Japan experienced what was then the country�s most destructive earthquake in the postwar era.1 Close to 6,500 died, infrastructure was crippled, and hundreds and thousands of buildings were destroyed or damaged. Magnifying the earthquake was the woeful response from the national government, which arguably made Kobe as much a man-made disaster as a natural one. Officials quarreled over jurisdictional matters and enforced regulations that...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Natural Disaster and Reconstruction in Asian Economies: A Global Synthesis of Shared Experiences
DOI: /10.1057/9781137364166_3


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