New opportunities for technical investments in Japan



In Japan, where earthquake resistance is the most important criteria for choosing new offices for 92% of businesses, a private construction company called Mori building was able to create earthquake resistant housing development. The company was able to promote an urban development concept that seeks to build “a city to escape into rather than a city from which people run away”.

Through this concept the company developed a local power plant, which was constructed under consideration of both earthquake risk and CO2 reduction goals. As a result, in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake, this technology enabled the plant to produce and sell surplus electricity to outside areas that experienced power outages. In this sense, technology played a large role in building capacity for disaster risk reduction.