Learning from the KAMAISHI Trip 2022 / 釜石トリップ2022からの学び








Eleven years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Immediately after the disaster, the people of Japan actively prepared for disasters. However, to our horror, people can forget tragic events over time.

That is why I believe that what we must do now is to remember that day, continue to pass on the events of that day to our descendants, and minimize the damage when the same thing happens again.
I would like to share what I learned from Mr. Tomita, the owner of “Naniwaya,” an okonomiyaki restaurant in the city, during our trip to Kamaishi in April this year.






All we need is water and food for two weeks.
At the time of the earthquake, Mr. Tomita was in Tokyo, but when he and his friends realized the extent of the damage, they loaded up supplies and drove to Kamaishi, where his family was located, to provide support.
He says that he knows what he needs to tell people because he visited Kamaishi and provided support there.
If you don’t have water and food for disaster relief at home, you should get enough for two weeks. And once a year And, he hopes that people will get into the habit of buying food that can be stored for at least one time a year.
It does not take much time for food aid to arrive. The Self-Defense Forces, NGOs, and others will probably arrive within three to four days. However, even if they do come, it will take time to reach the victims.
Why? It is because it is difficult to distribute huge amounts of relief supplies. Depending on the number of victims, there are many people gathered at the reception area, and it is not an easy situation to distribute them. And there is always competition, robbery, and other forms of fighting.
The Great East Japan Earthquake caused so many deaths and missing people, and the impact if this were in a densely populated area (urban area) would be immeasurable. Self-help for that purpose. That’s why we have customs. It is a matter of habit.




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