Japan begins trials for disaster info service for foreign tourists


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In a large earthquake cell phone towers become damaged and phone lines topple,not to mention that it is everyone for themselves...

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Hopefully, native speakers of each language have been consulted for the translations and they are not Googlish or gibberish.

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How will 16 million tourists, here for a week or two know about this ap? And like @Kuri said, many communication systems will be down. Kobe was cut off for 3 days when the great Hanshin earthquake hit.

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When the Tohoku disasters were happening many foreigners living in the area had serious problems understanding what was taking place and what action they needed to take to prevent hurt. Very difficult in such a major disaster when all mobile connections were lost, major blackouts. Battery operated radio. There remains a serious need for radio including SW which NHK wants to end.

Individual embassies need to set up ways for their citizens to gain info on a disaster.

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That's the problem right there. If the cell towers go down, us foreigners will be in deep Kim Chee.

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Obviously in a severe situation of phones and power all out, there is no easy solution to this. Every person for themselves. However in 2011 in Tokyo at least, there was some emergency information broadcast on TV in English and maybe other languages too (can't recall which). Battery operated radio tuned to AFN channel may be the most reliable source in English in a complete disaster scenario.

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I imagine it would be something along the lines of

"Dear gaikokujins,


Thank you,

Kinki Bureau of Telecommunications

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