The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 had a devastating impact on Japan. As a result, March 11 has been designated as Inochi no Hi (Day of Life) and Bonsai Ishiki wo Sodateru Hi (Day for Fostering Disaster Awareness), among other memorial days.
On March 11 of this year, Jarman International CEO, Ruth Marie Jarman, appeared on NHK Radio 1’s “Chikyu Radio” to discuss the topic of disaster preparedness for international residents as part of the special program “Disaster Preparedness – Living in Japan.”
With more and more internationals choosing to call Japan home, Ruth emphasized the need for the Japanese authorities to provide multilingual information on how to prepare for a disaster and to set up evacuation centers that take the needs of people from various countries into account.
At the same time, she encouraged international residents to get to know their neighbors, whether it be through the simple exchange of greetings and gifts or checking in on each other now and then. After all, it is your neighbors who may save your life in an emergency.
Although the program is over, it is still archived in written form as “Yomu Rajiru (Readable Radio).” We hope it will help you prepare yourself and know what to do should disaster strike.
★Yomu Rajiru (Readable Radio) – Available in Japanese only:【防災Living in Japan】ご近所づきあいが命を救う!? 在留外国人の防災｜読むらじる。｜NHKラジオ らじる★らじる
★Ruth also serves as emcee on Living in Japan | NHK WORLD-JAPAN On Demand