Disaster preparedness: Earthquakes and tsunamis the top concern for Japanese homeowners


A Japanese insurance company recently conducted a nationwide survey asking people living in their own homes (detached houses and condominiums) what type of disaster they were concerned about. The most common response at 56.7% was “earthquakes and tsunamis.”

Among the respondents, 60.9% believed that a major earthquake would occur where they lived in the near future and 66.2% thought that their home would be damaged in such an earthquake.


Among the disaster prevention measures that respondents had taken at home, 45.8% had prepared “food and water,” 34.4% had “emergency evacuation goods” ready, and 31.5% had “taken measures to stop furniture toppling.”

Even though the most common concern was confirming the safety of their family members, only 17.1% answered that they had “decided on an evacuation center” as a family and 30.4% said they had not undertaken any particular measures.

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