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Japanese firms not well prepared for increasing floods: poll

By Tetsushi Kajimoto and Izumi Nakagawa

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"We want the administration to explain the cause of the flood and the measures to be taken in the future," 

Floods are caused by water... sea-level rise and islands don’t play well together. I mean, really, what kind of explanation would be satisfying? Everyone knows what is happening. Now measures to be taken, that is a good question.

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Adapt or perish.

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Unfortunately, rather than rewilding flood plains and riverbanks and letting rivers take their natural course (as is the trend now in many countries) here it will mean more concrete - making flood water flow faster and creating (ironically) worse flood conditions.

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Many firms and companies have no data backups.

Following the very tragic tsunami of 2011, huge seawalls have been built along the coasts of Miyagi and Iwate which would depress the hell out of me if I lived there. Living next to the sea but can't see it. These huge walls will cause their own set of problems.

When there's a powerful typhoon with rain the water won't be able to run off and instead will be held back by those new walls.

Storing those Shinkansen trains next to a river without proper flood protections.

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Kurisupisu...not really the case. There is a huge supply chain and production in Japan. I have had 2 large clients ask me for updated Business Continuity Plans after last years typhoon in the Tohoku area.

It is interesting to see this article as the BCP surveys / requests for information came out late 2019

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The auto manufacturers mentioned will have lots of satellite companies located around them. Cars are very complicated machines with many parts from many suppliers. Having other companies nearby is great for communication and logistics, but has poor resilience against natural disasters. Mazda is a Hiroshima company, and many of their suppliers will be nearby and exposed to the rains there in 2018. The same is definitely true for Toyota in a vast stretch of east Aichi.

Some practices may strike the layman as irresponsible, parking many Nagano Shinkansen trains in the same yard below the river level for example, but the companies are in a difficult situation here. Spread everything out and just-in-time manufacturing will expose them to every freak snowstorm or typhoon on the Pacific side of Japan shutting the expressways. There is no easy answer.

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Since a spike in 2012, the overall trend in manufacturing is a decline up to the present.

of course, there is still manufacturing in Japan but any manufacturer that is global will have most production largely abroad for reasons of cost.

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To be fair. I doubt most countries are properly prepared for floods.

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Most of the big Japanese companies produce abroad now- no contingency plans needed...

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You are right, JJ Jetplane.

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JJ & Artist - yes.

Witness the flooding disaster in Australia these past few days ( while bushfires continue to burn).

Record falls that no one was expecting or initially forecasted have caused vast damage.

Mitigating disaster infrastructure, is the new $trillion industry.

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