How Japan’s ‘Culture of Preparedness’ Saves Lives

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Perched on the Ring of Fire, an arc of seismic activity that encircles the Pacific Basin, Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world — but it’s also one of the best equipped to handle them.

Having survived the ‘Great Kanto Earthquake’ of 1923, the utter the devastation of World War II and the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, the country has done more than most when it comes to mitigating harm.

Read my piece on how Japan’s culture of readiness, early warning systems and rigorous building codes saved lives today.