Japan, unfortunately, is a very disaster-prone country. Earthquakes, in particular, are a source of anxiety for many international students.
As long as you live here, earthquakes are unavoidable and unpredictable, as are many natural disasters. However, the bright side is that you can always educate yourself and make sure you have everything you need to stay as safe as possible.
Disaster preparation is a very serious and important issue that you definitely need to be thinking about, even if you’re only planning on staying here for a short while.
As a nation with a long history of dealing with natural disasters, Japan has developed its own method and strategy to minimize damage, and this has been traditionally taught to children in schools as “防災” (Bosai).
This workshop has been prepared as a place for you to get an understanding of WHY this “Bosai” is so important, and to get you started on thinking about exactly HOW you could get prepared. We will be working with NHK WORLD-JAPAN and the Waseda student society WASEND (Waseda Disaster Prevention Education Support Group). NHK WORLD-JAPAN will be sharing video footage from major disasters in the past, and tips on how to obtain vital information in your language in an emergency. WASEND will give us a talk on the work they do to promote BOSAI, and useful basic knowledge on how you should act in the event of a major earthquake.
This isn’t a simple one-way lecture though: the whole point is about how YOU get involved. Each mini-talk will be followed by a discussion session, where you can talk in small groups, with fellow participants and WASEND members. Topic sheets and resources are provided, so you won’t get stuck!
Kick-start your BOSAI now, with this opportunity to learn and get talking about disaster preparation in English!
Part 1, “Our” BOSAI: What’s BOSAI, and why is it so important?
Ice Breakers (in groups)
Screening of earthquake-related special programme (NHK WORLD-JAPAN)
Introduction to WASEND’s work (WASEND)
Sharing session (in groups)
Part 2, “My” BOSAI: What BOSAI do YOU need?
How to collect emergency information in your language (NHK WORLD-JAPAN)
What to do first in a major earthquake
Sharing session (in groups)
Date & Time
Friday, May 14th, 6:30 – 8:00pm
*Zoom meeting room will open at 6:15 pm. If you arrive early, please wait patiently for the event to start.
*The Zoom URL will be sent to you by email the day before the event.
English (Language support available)
May 10 (Mon), 9:00am
Around 40 people
*Participation will be confirmed by email on May 11. If applications exceed capacity, participants will be selected by lottery.
NHK WORLD-JAPAN is the international service of Japan’s public media organization NHK. It provides the latest information on Japan and Asia through television, radio and online to a global audience.
WASEND (Waseda Student Organization for the Education of Natural Disasters) consists of students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at the School of Creative Science and Engineering, and we visit primary schools inside and outside of Japan, to help them learn about Bosai in a fun way. Other activities include creating picture books on Bosai and displays at Bosai-themed events, and also visiting areas affected by major natural disasters.
Our goal is to reach more people in raising awareness on Bosai, and to educate people more on natural disasters, so they can then use the knowledge towards prevention measures and disaster relief, in order to minimize disaster damage as much as possible, through Bosai education.
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