10m 54s

Learning from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake

BOSAI, Measures for Saving Your Life

Broadcast on February 16, 2022 Available until March 2, 2023

The 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake directly hit the Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area in western Japan, causing unprecedented damage. It prompted people to think about the needs of disaster survivors. A multilingual mini-radio station provided moral support for foreign residents affected by the quake. We report on how the service started and how it operates today. (This program was broadcast on February 2, 2022.)

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Oshiro Roxana comes from Peru. She serves as host and director of a Spanish language radio program for foreign residents.
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Urban functions were disrupted by the magnitude 7.3 inland quake.
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Two weeks after the quake, the radio station began airing detailed local information for survivors, such as when and where they can receive relief supplies and hot meals.
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Through her activities at the radio station, Kim Chiaki felt some foreign survivors demonstrated the spirit of mutual help and empathy, not content with being a support recipient.

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