Let’s get prepared for evacuation in the event of natural disasters


2017/09/20 Wednesday Disaster Preparedness

Japan is a natural disaster prone country. It is not possible to know when natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons, events that may trigger landslides, floodings, among others, will occur.

To protect our lives and mitigate the damage as much as possible, it is important to correctly understand the information, be prepared for emergency situations and keep calm when taking action in the event of a disaster.

In this video, information meanings regarding evacuation, as well as emergency items and supplies will be introduced.

Understanding the information provided and the emergency alerts correctly

In the event of natural disasters, if you feel there is some danger, it is important to quickly evacuate by your own decision. City hall offices will announce information on evacuation in the event of natural disasters. By learning the meaning of information provided, it will be possible to take the properly actions.

 Hinan Jyunbi Jouhou: Notice for evacuation preparation/evacuation for elderly and others

It will be issued when the possibility of damages rises.

・Disabled people, elderly, children or the ones who need more time to evacuate and their caregivers must start the evacuation process.

・The others must be prepared for evacuation

  • Hinan Kankou – advice for evacuation

It will be issued if the possibility of damages is clearly high.

・People able to start the evacuation process normally must go to emergency shelters as soon as possible.

・In a situation when get out the house is risky, go to the nearest safe place or seek a safer place inside the house.

  • Hinan Shiji – evacuation order (emergency)

It will be issued if the possibility of damages is extremely high.

・People who still need to take shelter must do it immediately going to an emergency shelter.

・In a situation when get out the house is risky, go to the nearest safe place or seek a  safer place inside the house.

The level of danger on the information follows the order below:

Therefore, be careful because the alerts will not be issued necessarily in this order.

Check the items and emergency supplies

Emergency items are the minimum preparation to take along during the evacuation process. Choose the essential items according to personal and family needs. Additionally, at least once a year, check and keep the items in a place where you can easily reach them.

Add other item you deem essential, such as medicine or food, according to your family needs, mainly for the elderly, children and allergy sufferers.

Examples of emergency items:

 Click here to download the “Emergency Items Checklist” (PDF File)

Place the emergency items inside a backpack and carry it on your back to verify if it is possible to move your hands freely.

At emergency shelters, food supply and others will not begin immediately after the occurrence of a natural disaster. Prepare enough food and water for 3 days or more per person. Store supplies (food, water and others) that has longer expiration dates.

There is no doubt natural disasters such earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, among others causing severe damage will occur. It is a matter that cannot be ignored by the citizens living in Mie Prefecture. It is important to enhance the preparation for natural disasters, like something obvious. It means “routine disaster prevention” . To protect lives and important things, it is necessary to carry out the routine disaster prevention.

Learn how to avoid problems related to online shopping ~Important points related to the purchase of overseas products over the Internet~

2017/09/20 Wednesday Disaster Preparedness

インターネットショッピングでトラブルに遭わないために  ~海外ネット通販利用時の注意点~

One of the aspects of Internet transactions is the lack of a physical product and, due to the anonymity, problems may easily arise. Lately, the number of problematic situations involving foreign companies making online sales aimed to consumers in Japan has increased.

Extreme caution must be taken reagarding a lower price offer compared to the price of a regular sale.

Many problems emerge when consumers are tempted by advertisements, such as “famous brand product is very cheap” and, after the request for advance payment by cash or credit card, you do not receive the product, it is a counterfeit or of lower quality, the color or size is wrong, it is broken, among other problems.

In case of problems, transactions with the foreign company are extremely troublesome.

Be careful if the use or imports into Japan do not break the law

In case you purchase a product from overseas, make sure without fail if the purchase, possession or use of the product is not prohibited or not regulated by law. It is necessary to make sure if the product imported into Japan is prohibited or not by the Washington Convention and others.

Pay attention to the following sorts of websites! Learn how to figure out unreliable websites

  • There is no explanation on the company’s track record. Company’s name is not specified.
  • Unknown telephone number. Address, telephone number, people in charge and others are not outlined.
  • The address overseas is outlined, but the existence of the address is dubious.
  • Even there is an address in Japan it is clearly misleading.
  • Even there is a telephone number it is a cell phone number or a number that does not exist in Japan.
  • Words appear to be literally translated and there are unusual grammar expressions.

In addition to online purchase on foreign websites, even on online auctions or bargain websites (flea market) experiencing a growing number of users, there is no confirmation if the seller is a company.

In case the seller is an individual person, there are no special laws proctecting the consumer. Since in principle the transactions and sales are carried out on one’s own, it is necessary extra caution!

Consultation Service for Issues

JADMA  Japan Direct Marketing Association (Nihon Tsushin Hanbai Kyoukai)

TEL  03-5651-1122*Only in Japanese (10 a.m. to 12 p.m. /1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays/Sundays/Holidays)


Consumer’s Hotline 

TEL: 188

When calling “188”, an announcement will be issued and the call will be redirected to the Municipal Center for Consumer Consultation nearest to your residence or to the Consumer Center of Mie Prefecture.