Is Japan sufficiently prepared for natural disasters?
I’m against the opinion that Japan is sufficiently prepared for natural disasters.
I’ll explain from two viewpoints to support my opinion.
First viewpoint is infrastructure. According to some experts, the possibility of huge earthquake around Tokyo Metropolitan area is very high. However, for example, since most part of highways and railways in Tokyo are very old, it is said that some part of them won’t be able to withstand huge shakes like the earthquake that occurred around Kobe in 1995. Also, in rural areas, citizens need to walk for over an hour to go to the nearest evacuation site.
Second viewpoint is information. Statistics show that over 50% of Japanese citizens don’t understand where to evacuate when huge natural disasters occur. Also, in the case of huge earthquake, it is often the case that important infrastructures to communicate with other such as the Internet or telephone are not available for long periods of time. However, most families don’t think about how to contact each other seriously.
From these two perspectives, I believe that more should be done to prepare for natural disasters in Japan. (184 words)