Japan

Disaster mental health care

Authored by: Pamela A. Minarik , Yoko Nakayama

Routledge Handbook of Global Mental Health Nursing

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138017610
eBook ISBN: 9781315780344
Adobe ISBN: 9781317702221

10.4324/9781315780344.ch28

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Abstract

Because of the volcanic nature of the Japanese archipelago, the Japanese people have experienced many and frequent natural disasters, such as typhoons, volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. The Japanese have handled disasters in a unique way based on their culture. In this chapter, the case of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011 will be discussed, focusing on disaster preparedness, disaster response and disaster mental health in Japan in the context of the Japanese culture. Recommendations that are applicable for the future will be addressed.

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