Asahi Aera: The gaikokujin left behind during natural disasters

From Aera, a magazine published by the Asahi Shimbun, on gaikokujin in Japan who feel most isolated when typhoons or earthquakes strike in Japan:


Tourists from overseas and resident gaikokujin were also affected by the major earthquake, which had a maximum magnitude of 7.0, in Hokkaido. The day the earthquake struck, the Hokkaido prefectural government opened a temporary hotline that took calls in English, Chinese, and Korean. The hotline provided information on evacuation sites and water provision stations, as well as advice on individual matters. The Japanese Meteorological Agency made a multilingual dictionary of Japanese words used in emergency earthquake warnings and tsunami bulletins, and provided detailed information on typhoons and earthquakes in English on its website. If one includes the efforts by the national tourist bureau, local governments, and civil society NGOs, there was a lot of information provided for and broadcast to gaikokujin.


The vast majority of gaikokujin do not know about these services. Neither do the Japanese people who gaikokujin rely on in their everyday lives. Therefore, the current situation is that the information broadcast is not reaching their intended audience: the gaikokujinThe trial and error of getting information directly to gaikokujin continues.