national

Gov't to require quake resistance checks for large buildings

16 Comments

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has announced plans to require owners and operators of hospitals, schools and other large buildings to carry out earthquake resistance checks. According to the ministry, the checks are to be introduced as the result of a series of collapses involving buildings that were rebuilt to outdated earthquake safety standards following the Kobe earthquake in 1995.

Reinforcing buildings to make them more quake-resistant is one of the pillars of the new Abe government's economic stimulus package announced last Friday.

The ministry says that modernization and structural improvements have been taking place since the earthquake, but that large numbers of insufficiently earthquake-proofed structures still remain.

NHK reported that the new policy will affect facilities catering for young children and the elderly, such as schools, hospitals and care centers, as well as buildings through which large numbers of people pass, such as shopping malls.

The announcement marks the first time the government has obligated operators to carry out earthquake resistance checks. It is thought the new regulations will affect around 5,000 structures when they come into force.

© Japan Today

©2021 GPlusMedia Inc.

16 Comments
Login to comment

Wait- You mean this isn't already compulsory, as a matter of course? Seriously? Christ...

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Read THAT as MORE pork for the construction / Yakuza / industry. Oh, look ALL these buildings need 'upgrades'.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

The Kobe earthquake hit in 1995. Who was in power at that time? Why the LDP of course. Why didn't they do something then?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

So the owners are required to do the checks themselves? Wouldn't it be better to have them required to be inspected by the the government? I'm curious what will happen if a multi-million dollar building isn't up to code.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It is about buildings built before 1984 ....

4 ( +4 / -0 )

edojin

The Kobe earthquake hit in 1995. Who was in power at that time? Why the LDP of course. Why didn't they do something then?

No wrong. The LDP were out of office Apr'94-Jan'96. At the time of the Kobe earthquake the JSP were in office, Jun'94-Jan'96 and the PM was Tomiichi Murayama, who didn't handle the quake very well and was very slow at sending the SDF. 

5 ( +5 / -0 )

In the Kobe earthquake most of the major buildings like department stores, collapsed downwards crushing the second or third floors.

The inspectors need to be gov't ones especially since in recent history some architects lied about the earthquaking installed.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

So more of those beautiful steel beams smack in front of windows? A beautiful solution if I ever saw any.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Right on "zichi." But who was in power from Jan. '96 until Minshuto took over? I think it was the LDP ... who ... well ... didn't do what they now want to do.

As for your quake down there in Kobe ... I'd like to have a chat with you about that someday (not here, of course). Lots of weird stuff I heard about all of what occurred ...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

i've always wondered at what number richter earthquake would a typical apartment block collapse??

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

So what's the penalty for builders / owners of large buildings for noncompliance or failure of the safety inspection? Thought it was usually a kickback / bribe to the inspector, and hope for the best it doesn't collapse when the "big one" strikes.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

5,000 structures when they come into force.

Please name the 5000 structures that are currently not safe!!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Abe is preparing for his commemoration speech this January 17th on the Kobe earthquake tragedy. He's also wiping his hands clean now and not be blamed with those building inspectors who were under pressure to certify buildings quickly to gain more business when Japan privitized the building inspection system.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Martine MüllerJan. 14, 2013 - 04:53PM JST

It is about buildings built before 1984 ....

There are SOOO many of them including so called "mansion". This is worthless.

Unless, the structural engineering modifications are implimented to the ground up or be demolished for the new, this is a worthless effort. .

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Some of the earthquaking is impressive. A couple of years ago, just across the way from our house, a company built a large apartment block with 5-6 floors. First they put in about 50 steel and concrete piles, about 50 meters in length. Next they installed concrete and rubber or silicon shock absorbers. The actual apartment block sits on the shock absorbers. I think I would feel more safe in a block like that but there again, our very old wooden house with very large wood beams has survived for nearly 100 years, including the Kobe bombings in WWII and the 1995 Kobe earthquake.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

This sounds like a good idea to me, though I wonder how many tax payers dollars will be spent to run this test and how much money will be spent to safe proof them

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites