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Bosai: Disaster Management in Japan

The Japanese word “Bosai,” meaning disaster management, is attracting much attention as a keyword in global disaster management. Japan suffers a higher proportion of natural disasters than many other nations around the world, and the disaster risk management measures the country has developed through experience of earthquakes, tsunami, typhoons and other natural threats are held in high regard by the international community. While Japan must develop additional risk management measures, it is hoped, by Mitsubishi companies too, that Japan will share its approach to natural disaster risks with other countries.

Cover illustration and upper photo: Survival kit for an emergency evacuation.

Mitsubishi Space Software

D-NET IP Commercialized as an Effective Disaster Relief Application

D-NET IP Commercialized as an Effective Disaster Relief Application
To date, emergency response headquarters have used paper maps and whiteboards but now the use of D-NET IP (interactive projection I/O technology for the D-NET) allows the effective digitization and sharing of information on large screens and desktop monitors.

Mitsubishi Space Software has launched DiGMaps, a disasterrelief information-sharing application compatible with the Disaster Relief Aircraft Information Sharing Network (D-NET) data standard, after the company was granted a commercial license to use JAXA intellectual property rights. DiGMaps is a fruit of JAXA development work on fire-fighting/disaster-relief helicopter mobilization management systems conducted jointly with the Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA). It allows information gathered from an emergency response headquarters, data entered by units in the field, central government disaster information and information on disasterrelief helicopter operations acquired from the D-NET, to all be centralized and shared among the action response centers involved.

Mitsubishi Logistics

Disaster-Resistant, Eco-Friendly Warehouses Go Into Commission

Seishin Distribution Center
Seishin Distribution Center
Ibaraki Distribution Center No. 4
Ibaraki Distribution Center No. 4

Mitsubishi Logistics has added a new type of warehouse to its range of disaster-resistant, eco-friendly warehouses that address natural disaster risks and environmental loading. Commissioned in March 2018, the Seishin Distribution Center in Kobe uses a base isolation structure and is equipped with both solar power and emergency generators. It handles everyday goods and pharmaceutical products. Then the Ibaraki Distribution Center No. 4, which handles pharmaceutical products, was commissioned in Osaka in July. Standing on the same site is a DPCool relay terminal which will provide a high-quality cold chain delivery service of pharmaceuticals.

Mitsubishi Estate

Disaster Prevention Tool: “Sonaeru Drills”

Disaster Prevention Tool: “Sonaeru Drills”
Disaster Prevention Tool: “Sonaeru Drills”
One of the “Sonaeru Drills.”The question asks, “How many times do you go to the toilet a day?” Filling this in motivates individual family members to think about the necessity for, and how to store, an emergency toilet.

Mitsubishi Jisho Residence, a Mitsubishi Estate group company, has for many years worked with the Mitsubishi Jisho community in supporting disaster-prevention activities in apartment blocks. The “Sonaeru Drills”( “Preparation Drills” ) are a disaster-prevention tool that allows both parents and children to regard disaster prevention as something very close at hand. The drills comprise content that children are familiar with and allow parents and children or nuclear families to share equipment and rules which they do not possess individually. Both these tools are being put to valuable use at Mitsubishi Estate Residence condominium apartments.

Anyone can download the “Sonaeru Drills” from the following site:

http://www.mecsumai.com/bousai/

Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance

Smart Speakers Deliver the Latest Disaster News

Smart Speakers Deliver the Latest Disaster News

Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance has developed a Disaster Information Skill that allows Amazon Echo smart speaker owners to listen to the very latest natural disaster news simply by adding it to the skill set and choosing the Enable Skill option. A simple, “Alexa, tell me about earthquakes under Disaster Information,” gives them access to the latest information, on both a prefectural basis and for the area in which they live, on earthquakes that have occurred in the last 24 hours. The Disaster Information Skill also makes it possible to check any weather alerts that are in force in a given prefecture.

Note: Amazon Echo (Echo) is a brand of smart speaker. The devices connect to the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service Alexa, which responds to the name “Alexa.” Echo devices have access to ‘skills’ that add to the capabilities of any Alexa-enabled device, such as the ability to play music, answer general questions, set an alarm, order a pizza and more.

P.S. Mitsubishi Construction

Innovative Deck Replacement Method Keeps Supplies Flowing to Disaster Areas

P.S. Mitsubishi Construction, working with the Nippon Expressway Research Institute, has developed the half-section deck slab replacement method. Traditionally, the replacement of deck slabs means that, when working on the inbound-lane for example, both lanes had to be closed to traffic and a contraflow system introduced in the outbound-lane. The new half-section deck replacement method makes it possible to keep one of the two inbound- or outbound-lanes open when replacing deck slabs. This allows road maintenance work to be carried out without interfering with the transport of supplies to, or the removal of rubble from, disaster areas.

Innovative Deck Replacement Method Keeps Supplies Flowing to Disaster Areas
A comparison between the half-section deck slab replacement and traditional deck slab replacement methods.

Mitsubishi Research Institute

Four Capabilities a Resilient Society Needs

Four Capabilities a Resilient Society Needs
Source: Mitsubishi Research Institute

Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI), playing the role of a general think tank, is contributing to improved resilience in both public and private entities through the formulation of national and regional disaster risk management measures and of safety measures and risk management for companies. MRI is focusing its efforts on four capabilities it deems necessary to make a society more resilient: Forecasting, Prevention, Recovery and Improvement. MRI also believes that, while industry-academia-government-private entities, companies and citizens included, should all work on voluntary selfhelp measures, they should also turn to the open innovation process which seeks ideas for innovative and quantum improvements that will reinforce disaster prevention and safety practices. On the assumption that the next major natural disaster is going to happen sometime, MRI would like to see the rapid deployment of all feasible and effective measures.