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The government widened the river that meanders through Kumamoto by 50m, raised the height of its banks, and replaced the concrete with stone. A few weeks later, it almost overflowed. Without that work, it would have been a disaster.

We need to prepare for more frequent extreme weather events.

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When I go down to Shonan to surf, I am amazed at all the new houses being built in areas where they post on the telephone/electric poles the height above sea level. It seems that people were not meant to learn and to remember and to build higher up and further away.

Same results happen when people build on the bottom of steep mountains, or on river banks.

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Flood debris is piled up Monday at a park in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. Tuesday marked one month after Typhoon Hagibis swept through the area.

How much longer is that situation going to continue? I hear there are still victims of the March 11, 2011 tsunami waiting for housing.

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Too much suffering. Everyone should receive government aid to rebuild their homes. Typhoons will be stronger in future.

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This is tragic, but what does one expect when they live next to a river. In heavy rainfall the river bank can only hold so much water. Eventually water flow will find the path of least resistance as was the case. Some of the people themselves as hard as it is to say are to blame themselves. First cars are not boats why even attempt to think so. Next employers should not let employees leave in the middle of shift where a storm such as what hit leave employment grounds for the employees safety. Given that expected rainfall amounts of up to 800mm were provide it doesn't mean one has to be a scientist to figure out hmm that's a lot of water. Importantly though is what in the world has the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said his ministry, been doing all of these years besides getting paid high salaries and investments, see article quote: "Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said his ministry and the Japan Meteorological Agency will review how to release information on rivers as a regional land bureau failed to issue flood information and the ministry's website on water levels became temporarily inaccessible due to a surge in visitors at the time."

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The weakest point on a river bank are the river junctions where one or more rivers join. This happened with the Chikuma River. Review about reinforcing those bank areas. Many major rivers have live web cams which need to be available on smartphones.

Better disaster alert apps like the one used by Hyogo Prefecture.

The Shinkansen depot next to the Chikuma River was warned about flooding but JR only built a small embankment. The trains could have been moved in to the many tunnels on the line. All flooded 10 Shinkansen trains are to be scraped costing ¥15 billion and will take sometime to replace.

New flood areas are forming. Same is happening in countries like Britain, Span, France and Italy all of which have experienced extensive flooding.

Ten people died because they stayed or were trapped in their cars. Modern cars need the electricity to operate windows. Safety tools for breaking windows kept on the dashboard.

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Too many items in that picture look to be either readily usable, repairable, or cleanable. What opulence that all that stuff just sits there and will likely be junked. In so many countries very little of that would go to waste.

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Too much suffering. Everyone should receive government aid to rebuild their homes. Typhoons will be stronger in future.

Wow, great! And let's build houses for the homeless too! And for the new college graduates!

Who are you, Oprah?

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Wow, great! And let's build houses for the homeless too! And for the new college graduates! 

Who are you, Oprah?

Following the tragic loss of hundreds of thousands of homes with the 2011 tsunami a program of local housing was started to help those who had their homes swept away and the total loss of of all personal belonging. The government local and central could just abandon those people.

There has been a problem of securing enough land for the builds. Especially with the rezoning away from the coast area.

When there are major disaster there needs to be government help and others from public donations. ¥800 billion was raised.

"More than 120,000 buildings were destroyed, 278,000 were half-destroyed and 726,000 were partially destroyed, the agency said. The direct financial damage from the disaster is estimated to be about $199 billion dollars (about 16.9 trillion yen), according to the Japanese government. The total economic cost could reach up to $235 billion, the World Bank estimated, making it the costliest natural disaster in world history."

The homeless situation has improved 5,000 down from a high of 35,000.

Do you expect survivors of major disasters to cope on their own?

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Do you expect survivors of major disasters to cope on their own?

I expect people to do more than just ask for a handout. Where do we draw the line? People with no insurance? People who lost part of a house to the floods? People who got a broken window? People who's car was flooded? People who don't feel safe to go back to their home? Handouts for people who have no insurance, but none for those who do? Where's the incentive to buy insurance?

I'm all for helping people, but "let's just give everybody a home!" type mentality is awful.

It would be better to encourage them to move into EXISTING homes in safer areas. Yes, uproot from your hometown. Those places are dangerous and should not be inhabited anyway.

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Homelessness in all developed countries can be resolved by building low affordable rented accommodations as they have in Finland resolving the problem.

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I expect people to do more than just ask for a handout. Where do we draw the line? People with no insurance?

In the 1995 Kobe earthquake, people had earthquake insurance but in the end those companies refused to pay out which is common across the globe. Easy take never pay out.

Which people are asking for a handout, haven't read anything on that. You are accusing victims without even knowing if you are correct.

Not all people can afford to have earthquake insurance and tsunami insurance isanother additional one.

Do have all these insurance policies on all the properties you own?

People who lost part of a house to the floods? People who got a broken window? People who's car was flooded? People who don't feel safe to go back to their home? Handouts for people who have no insurance, but none for those who do? Where's the incentive to buy insurance?

Japanese people have thousands of years of dealing with major disasters. The current regulation limit compensation for flood damage to ¥3 million if the water level reached 100 cms. If it reaches 99 cms too bad.

The average cost of reforming a house from flood damage would be about ¥20 million.

I'm all for helping people, but "let's just give everybody a home!" type mentality is awful. 

Why?

It would be better to encourage them to move into EXISTING homes in safer areas. Yes, uproot from your hometown. Those places are dangerous and should not be inhabited anyway.

There are no real areas anywhere in Japan were there haven't been disasters.

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There are no real areas anywhere in Japan were there haven't been disasters.

There are areas that are MUCH less prone to it.

Don't allow insurance in high risk areas. Do not provide support to people who DO build there. Do not issue building permits to those areas.

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There are areas that are MUCH less prone to it.

And which ones do you think they are?

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The main point with typhoons are they are unpredictable. No one knows where they will hand or how powerful until they get close to land. Okinawa is a prefecture probably with the highest numbers of powerful typhoons. Should all the people be evacuated from Okinawa? Should they been denied insurance? Should they be denied permits to build?

Typhoons can hit anywhere in Japan.

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It seems that people were not meant to learn and to remember and to build higher up and further away.

Most people don't have that luxury. We live where there are houses rather than build houses where we want to live.

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Powerful typhoons in the mountain areas cause landslides and overflowing rivers. Not limited to the low lands. They destroy homes with powerful winds and rain. They destroy crop growing areas and fruit orchards. Extensive farming damage in Nagano.

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Which insurers "refused to pay out" after the 1995 Hanshin Earthquake?

I lived in Amagasaki at the time and the place I rented was damaged. The only insurance problem I heard was that people in the west part of Kobe (Nagata-ku) were unable to claim on fire insurance after the huge fires there, because earthquake-caused fires are not covered by standard fire insurance. One reason for this is to stop people without earthquake insurance starting fires after an earthquake so they can claim on their fire insurance. Far more people have fire insurance than earthquake insurance.

Note that if your home, garage or car port collapses on your car, you will need earthquake insurance on the car insurance to get a payment. Standard car insurance (sharyou hoken) does not cover it and neither does earthquake insurance on the building.

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