Wakayama University students create disaster prevention booklet in 'easy Japanese'
Japanese and international students at Wakayama University in west Japan have created a booklet on disaster prevention knowledge in "easy Japanese" for children with foreign roots, in the hope that people from countries that are not accustomed to earthquakes and typhoons will be able to live with peace of mind.
The booklet provides information necessary in times of disaster in easy-to-understand words and illustrations for those who are not familiar with Japanese.
The booklet, "disaster prevention handbook in easy Japanese for children," includes a list of actions to be taken in the event of an earthquake, typhoon, or fire, as well as a list of items to have prepared. The amount of information has been narrowed down to eight, A4-size pages for easy reading.
In July 2020, the university launched a support project in response to the increasing number of foreign residents and children with foreign roots in Wakayama Prefecture. Two Japanese students and two international students who belong to an international exchange club became members of the project and created a booklet for possible use by children who have not experienced disaster drills in Japanese schools.