Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Disaster Prevention Guide
If you live or work in Tokyo, you might have seen a small package or a book looks like a picture the above. It reads “Tokyo Bousai” where Bousai means “disaster prevention” in Japanese Kanji characters. It is a guide book published by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 2015 and has been delivered to officies and houses/apartments for free in a package containing a guide book, a sticker, and a map. This well designed guide book gives you a lot of good information with text, illustration, checklist, and contact information about how you get prepared for a huge earthquake, how to get yourself and family secured when an earthquake hits, and how you survive after the event. The original publication was of course in Japanese, but translated versions are also available in PDF format for free to download.
“Do it now.”
In the original Japanese version, the book has a strong message “Do it now.” Good understanding of disaster lets you to take appropriate action when it is necessary. Without knowing what to do, people can get panicked easily and it influences other people. If you or someone you know are living in Tokyo (or other big city in Japan), or visiting short while for business or sight seeing or Olympic games in 2020 or something, I highly recommend to read this guide book immediately.
Download your PDF copy for free.
You can download English, Chines, and Korean versions of PDF files of “Tokyo Bousai” from the below links of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Disaster Prevention Information website.
English: Disaster Preparedness Tokyo PDF Download
Chinese: 关于制作《东京防灾》 PDF Download
Korean: 방재책자 ‘도쿄방재’ PDF Download
If you can read Japanese, you can download 東京防災 from most of online e-book stores such as Amazon Kindle store, iBook store, and Google Play Books.
List of online e-book stores you can download Japanese version of “東京防災”
This can be a good gift as well.
Real book in Japanese is still available at 140 JPY including tax in some real stores in Tokyo and other areas as well. If you find it helpful or good as a gift for your friends back in home town, visit one of the stores listed in the below link.
List of real stores where you might be able to get real books (English).
Should you need help finding a place to get your copy, feel free to drop your comment. I’ll suggest stores to visit and/or contact stores to check the availability on a best effort basis. 🙂
Japan is a country of earthquakes.
Everywhere in Japan has a big potential to get impacted by big earthquake at any time. When areas in where you live or work are hit, you have to first protect yourself, your family and then people near you. After the event, you have to survive by helping each other until the time you can escape from the area or things become back safe and steady. This is the basic idea. If you are not familiar with earthquake and/or disaster prevention, read the Tokyo Bousai guide book now as a first step to be a Tokyo Saviva.