Earthquakes happen frequently in Japan, and can happen at any time and place. To minimize danger to your health and well-being, be prepared mentally and materially before they occur. In addition, all international students are encouraged to register their name, address and passport number at their embassy or consulate as a preventive measure in the event of an evacuation or disaster. Consult embassy or consulate websites for details.

Everyday Measures

  • Determine where the safest place in your house / apartment is.
  • Store enough drinking water.
  • Prepare a backpack or emergency bag and store it in a place that is easy to access. See below for example of items to put in the backpack / emergency bag.
  • Use metal fittings to secure furniture and prevent it from falling over.
  • Use shatter-prevention film on windows, shelves, etc. where glass is used.
  • Make a note of emergency contact telephone numbers and the phone number, address and other contact details of someone who can communicate in your language.
  • Confirm where your nearest emergency evacuation site is and how to get there. If you are unsure, inquire at your city / ward office.
Example of Items in an Emergency Bag
  • flashlight
  • batteries
  • drinking water and food
  • money (including 10 yen coins for public pay phones)
  • copies of identification materials such as passports, bankbooks, etc. and other valuables
  • matches, lighter and candles
  • a first aid kit (including personal medication)
  • helmet or other protective headgear
  • cotton work gloves, socks and underwear
  • heat-insulating and waterproof blankets
  • rope