Protect yourself from earthquakes and tsunamis ~ Check the hazard map ~

地震・津波から身を守ろう ~ハザードマップを確認しよう~

2024/03/13 Wednesday Announcements, Security

For disaster prevention meeting as a family (MieInfo article) – Click here

What to do when an earthquake occurs (MieInfo article)- Click here

The Nankai Trough earthquake is a large earthquake that will occur from Shizuoka Prefecture to the southernmost seas of Kochi Prefecture.

When this earthquake occurs, tsunamis can also be generated. In the past, many lives have been lost in Mie Prefecture due to tsunamis following large earthquakes.

To protect yourself from earthquakes and tsunamis, first check the evacuation centers and hazard maps in your area and find out about the tsunami flood zone and the situation around your home.

Information about evacuation centers in each municipality is compiled on the website

Characteristics of a tsunami

  • It is extremely fast, reaching speeds of around 10m/s (36km/h) even near the coast.
  • It doesn’t necessarily start with the water receeding or a drawdown.
  • It can travel up to the rivers and waterways.
  • People may not be able to move even if the tsunami is about 30 cm. You may not be able to evacuate and your life may be in danger.
  • Wooden houses are said to be partially destroyed by a 1m tsunami and completely destroyed by a 2m tsunami.

Also see the Office’s website  [Apps and websites useful in case of a disaster] (multilingual) . You can install useful apps to get information and news about disasters in Japan.

From April 1, 2024, an additional item will be added to the clarification of working conditions regarding the “Indefinite Employment Period Conversion Rule”

2024/03/13 Wednesday Announcements, Security


Click here to see the article “Do you know the rule for converting indefinite employment period?” (MieInfo page)

Click here  to see the frequently asked questions about the indefinite employment term conversion rule (MieInfo page).

From April 1, 2024, the system of explicit declaration of working conditions (Article 5 of the Implementing Regulations of the Labor Standards Law – Roudou Kijun-ho Seko Kisoku Dai 5-jo) will be changed. And the number of matters to be explained by companies regarding working conditions when concluding or renewing an employment contract will increase.

For all workers (subjects to be explained by those added)

  • Scope of changes to the workplace and roles

For the conclusion of all employment contracts and for each renewal of a fixed-term employment contract, an explanation of the contents of the workplace and duties “immediately upon hire” and the scope of the workplace and duties will be required. duties that may change due to future reassignments, etc.

For workers on fixed-term contracts (issues to be explained by the company that have been added)

  • Renewal limits

An explanation of the existence and content of renewal limits (total duration of the contract or maximum number of renewals of a fixed-term employment contract) is required for each conclusion of a fixed-term employment contract and each renewal of the contract.

(If the renewal limit is established or reduced after the conclusion of the first employment contract, the company must explain the reasons for this to the worker in advance).

  • Opportunity to request a permanent job change

An explanation of the opportunity to request an indefinite employment conversion is required for each contract renewal period that allows workers to request an indefinite employment conversion.

  • Explanation of working conditions after changing to an indefinite period

An explanation of working conditions following an indefinite job change is required for each contract renewal where a request for an indefinite change may be made.

Also see the portal website for the conversion of indefinite-term employment for workers with fixed-term contracts (in Japanese language only)


Mie Labor Bureau 059-226-2110 [in Japanese language only].

Consultation Center for Foreign Residents in Mie (MieCo) 080-3300-8077

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