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Industrial Relations

Following Japan’s 2011 tsunami, Kiyoshi Kurokawa – chairman of the Fukushima Accident Independent Investigation Commission – described the Fukushima disaster as a “profoundly man-made disaster that could and should have been foreseen and prevented.” It is this mentality that motivated the Japanese government to enact some of the world’s most stringent building codes after the devastating 1995 earthquake in Kobe. In contrast, developing states in earthquake prone regions often lack the institutions and financing that are required to bolster natural disaster preparedness.

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