75% of Japan not prepared for earthquakes

Today, NHK reports that 3/4 of the prefectures in Japan have made no budget allocations for assisting rural communities, in case of a major earthquake. The NHK survey is quite alarming. There are no plans to help isolated towns in case of power outages, no mobile phones, and no storage of food or medical supplies...

This weekend marks one year since the huge Niigata earthquake. Read more here. And here is Niigata prefecture's own page with information. For photos, please refer to this page.

Exactly one year ago, I did my first NHK live radio broadcast... And what a day to begin. The entire Shibuya NHK building was shaking, and it was clear that this was a big one.


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