ABSTRACTDisasters present a broad range of human, social, financial, economic and environmental impacts, with potentially long-lasting, multi-generational effects. In addition to causing direct damage to lives, buildings and infrastructure, they produce indirect damage with the potential for cascading and systemic effects such as business interruption, loss of employment and output, decreased tax revenues, impaired institutional capacities and a rise in poverty levels.This study focused on how disaster affects countries in general, and specific as it limits its focus to disasters in China and Japan. It examined the risks these two countries take in order to curb disaster and the challenges they face during the disaster management. This study further examined community involvement in disaster management and various institutions established for management of disasters.This long essay made use of secondary data like textbooks, journal articles, and internet resources. This study observed that disaster has really affected these two countries in all aspect.The study concludes that governments increasingly recognize that the reduction of disaster risks is a foundation for successful sustainable development, and that disaster risk is a crosscutting issue, requiring action across multiple sectors.

TABLE OF CONTENT                                               PAGETITLE PAGE                                            iCERTIFICATION                                        iiDEDICATION                                        iiiACKNOWLEDGEMENTS                                    ivTABLE OF CONTENTS                                    vABSTRACT                                            vii

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION                        11.1    Background of the study                                    11.2    Statement of the problem                                    21.3    Objectives of the study                                    21.4    Research questions                                    31.5    Scope of the study                                        31.6    Significance of the study                                    41.7    Limitations of the study                                    41.8    Research methodology                                    41.9    Findings                                            51.10    Definition of terms                                    5


2.1 Literature Review                                        72.2 Theoretical Framework                                    14

CHAPTER THREE                                    163.1 Environmental Change as a Parameter for Disaster Risk                    163.2 Environment and Disaster Risk                                213.2.1    Environment and Disaster: In Terms                            213.2.2    Causes of environmental hazards and consequences                    243.3 Current Approaches to Disaster Management                        253.4Community Based Disaster Risk Management                        283.5 Importance of Disaster Risk Management                        32

CHAPTER FOUR                                    354.1 Disaster Management System of China                            354.1.1    Institutional Framework                                354.1.2    Disaster prevention and mitigation                            364.1.3    Disaster preparation and emergency rescue                        394.1.4    Recovery and Reconstruction                                404.2 Disaster Management system of Japan                            414.2.1    Establishment of a Comprehensive Disaster Management System            434.2.2    Central Disaster Management Council                        484.2.3    Action for Build Back Better                                494.2.4    Disaster Reduction Activities of Citizens                        504.3Comparison on Disaster Management Systems among China, America, and Japan       58   

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION60                                5.1 Summary 60                                                                                                                         5.2 Recommendation615.3 Conclusion62Bibliography64


Disaster has always been very rampant in the world from ancient ages to modern age. Disaster is a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of the earth; like floods, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geologic processes. In recent years, frequent natural disasters have caused enormous loss of life and property, and such disasters have become a common challenge to all countries. China and Japan are among the world’s most affected countries by disasters.

Disaster Risk Management is the systematic process that integrates risk identification, mitigation and transfer, as well as disaster preparedness, emergency response and rehabilitation or reconstruction to lessen the impacts of hazards. (Study on Disaster Risk Management and Environment for the Karamojasubregion, Magunda, M.K. (PhD). August 2010.)

 In this long essay, the various disasters in these two countries and its effects on the citizens of the countries are examined; also examined are the strategies these countries have taken to reduce the rate of the disasters. The study investigated the various disaster risk managementTechniques these countries have employed over the years.

It focused on the country’s main practices in natural disaster risk management from the perspectives of preparing the plans, constructing legal systems, risk investigation, monitoring and early warning, disaster reduction projects, risk assessment, disaster insurance, community-based disaster reduction, and international cooperation. 

 The work outlined the priority areas of their natural disaster risk management in the future and stressed the importance of stronger inter-linkages among disaster risk management, recovery and long-term development planning and call for more coordinated and comprehensive strategies that integrate disaster risk management. This essay discussed how disaster risk management is a concern for everyone; from citizens who must be empowered to make decisions which reduce risk; to political leaders, government institutions, the private sector, civil society organisations, professional bodies and scientific and technical institutions.


The rate at which natural disasters sweep up communities is alarming. Though the magnitude varies with location, but the worst hit are China and Japan. Over the decades, the number of casualties has been massive. It is therefore of extreme importance to cushion the adverse effect of such natural disasters and to manage subsequent occurrences and to improve our knowledge on the strategies and challenges of the disaster risk managers are facing. It is of utmost importance that we know the areas frequently affected by these disasters and what efforts government of these two great nations are making to reduce future occurrence and also to assist those living and investing there. This study would enable us know the extent of the wreck disaster has caused on the country’s economy, social, and political relation with the international community.


The objectives of this study can be simplified as follows:

*        Assessment of environmental change as a parameter of disaster risk in the countries.

*        Assessment of environmental causes and the associated consequences.

*        The review of current approaches to disaster management

*         To ascertain the role of the community in total disaster risk management.

*        To review the importance of disaster risk management.

*        Recommendations for short and long-term disaster risk management / reduction options for the countries.


This research work intends to answer the following research questions:

*        What effect do these disasters have on the development of these nations?

*        What measures is the international community taking to assist these nations?

*        Considering the massive land involved in the disaster, what are the effects on foreign and local investors?

*        What are the challenges the disaster risk management have on the citizens of affected areas?


For the purpose of this research work, I shall focus on the management of natural disasters in China and Japan only and not the whole of the Asian continent. China and Japan are complex and dynamic societies, with overwhelming and increasing problems with disaster risk in the vulnerable urban communities in and around its rapidly growing metropolitan centres. The various kinds of natural disasters in which the areas are prone to. The effects of these occurrences on the people and corporate bodies of these two nations, and the mitigation steps taken by government to alleviate the effects of the disasters on the victims. This paper will look at the complexity of vulnerability and resilience in disaster risk management.


This work found out more about the strategies these two nations have used and are still using to curb and also to fight disasters in their countries.  Also, to know the effect of this disaster on foreign direct investment in these nations if not managed well.  This paper will help the policy makers in these nations in identifying common problems with data collection at all stages of disaster risk management, especially in disaster response and recovery, learning what use can be made of disaster response case studies in future planning. It also will help improve the understanding of the challenges for disaster risk reduction in such communities.


This study is based on information gathered from articles from newspapers and TV channels, journals of past researchers, government corporate reports on the strategies used in managing various past disasters, internet sources, archives, etc., but the study would have been more effective if the research was carried out in any of  these countries. Also the information gathered can’t be said to be externally valid due to the fact that most of the information are from insiders who will not want to speak negatively of their country. As a result of these limitations this essay relied on books, journals and article written by scholars who are expert in this field and have provided based on their research methods with which these disasters can be managed.


There are several research methodologies appropriate for answering the research questions. This research work made use of secondary data obtained from books written on disaster risks management and reductions, articles from newspapers and TV channels, journals of past researchers, government corporate reports on the strategies used in managing various past disasters, internet sources, international and national conference proceedings on disasters especially those in these two nations.

1.9       FINDINGS

Over the past several years, the spate of disasters in Japan, the PRC, Haiti, and the United States (US) has stimulated a discussion of very large, progressive or cascading disasters, now widely known as “compound disasters.” There is a need to recognize that compound disasters are a result of a series of component disasters in communities that in their aggregate overwhelm existing abilities to respond. (Disaster Risk Management in Asia and the Pacific: Issues Paper, 2013, pg 5-6).


Some of the basic terms used in Disaster risk management.

Disaster: A serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society causing widespread human, material , economic or environment losses which exceed the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources.

Risk: The probability of harmful consequences, or expected loses (deaths, injuries, property, livelihoods, economic activities disrupted or environment damage) resulting from interactions between natural or human-induced hazards and vulnerable conditions.

Risk Management: is the process of protecting assets, earning, debt, and human resources of the company with maximum effects and minimum costs.

Disaster Risk Management: The systematic process that integrates risk identification, mitigation and transfer, as well as disaster preparedness, emergency response and rehabilitation or reconstruction to lessen the impacts of hazards.

Mitigation: Structural and non-structural measures undertaken to limit the adverse impact of natural hazards, environmental degradation and technological hazards.

(Glossary of terms – adapted from Study on Disaster Risk Management and Environment for the Karamojasubregion, Magunda, M.K. (PhD). August 2010.)





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