SENDAI -Towards a Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City


SENDAI -Towards a Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City

- Disaster Risk Reduction Brochure for Non-Japanese Residents Prepare for disasters together

Development Group (from left) Ms. Ami Sato
Ms. Yukari Kumagami
Ms.Sana Sasaki
(absent) Ms.Yui Ohata


Development Group for the "Look Before You Leap" brochure 2nd grade, Sendai Shirayuri Gakuen High School

Since April of our frst year, we have been involved in problemsolving inquiry activities during the Integrated Studies part of the Super Global High School (SGH) Program. All of us experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake, when we were in our ffth year of elementary school. In our activities, we examined how support was provided to vulnerable people at the time of the earthquake, and found that foreign people from more than 15 countries had fallen victim to the earthquake and that most support systems for vulnerable people had not been improved.

When we went on a study tour abroad, we prepared materials both in Japanese and English to discuss disaster risk reduction with the local instructors and students, and read a disaster prevention pamphlet used there. Through this study tour, we noticed that the death of many foreign residents at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake was caused by a low level of awareness of disaster prevention and language issues. To improve this situation, we were determined to work to develop disaster risk reduction brochures for non-Japanese residents both in English and Japanese from our own perspectives.

We titled the brochures "Look Before You Leap" to convey our message of "please read these pamphlets before a disaster strikes" To create the brochures, we conducted a questionnaire survey targeting non-Japanese residents living in Sendai and participated in a disaster drill for non-Japanese residents, to examine what information is necessary for them. Consequently, a variety of information is included in the pamphlets, concerning how to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis, how to evacuate safely, how to spend time in evacuation centers, and how to use emergency messaging services, using simple Japanese and English.


▲Disaster Risk Reduction Brochhures for Non-Japanese Residents▲Disaster Risk Reduction Brochhures for Non-Japanese Residents
Left : Japanese version
Right: Overseas version

These brochures have been completed. However, we would like to continue improving them, incorporating feedback from many people, to have as many residents as possible make use of them.

Efforts of Sendai Shirayuri Gakuen High School under the Super Global High School (SGH) Program

In April 2015, Sendai Shirayuri Gakuen High School was designated as a Super Global High School by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Since then, it has launched problem-solving inquiry activities, aiming to develop people who can take the initiative in solving problems with a sympathetic mind for the socially vulnerable and a spirit of service to others (Global Servant Leaders). Students set a theme for their activities from the following fve: education, medical welfare, food, environment, and companies.

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