Steps toward Restoration in Ishinomaki Following the Great East Japan Earthquake: A Home Economics Perspective on Recovery

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Steps toward Restoration in Ishinomaki Following the Great East Japan Earthquake: A Home Economics Perspective on Recovery
Specifications: ISBN  978-4767965215
192 pages
15.0 x 21.0 cm / 6.0 x 8.4 in (WxH)
Category: Academic & Science
Publisher: Kenpakusha Co., Ltd.
Tokyo, 2016
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The city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, which suffered extensive damage in the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, has continued to make steady progress in its reconstruction and recovery efforts.

Shortly after the disaster, the Japan Society of Home Economics and Ishinomaki Senshu University jointly launched the Post–3.11–Disaster Living Conditions Research Project in order to study quality-of-life and social welfare concerns in the disaster areas from the perspective of domestic science. In 2014 the project published a progress report discussing research findings from the first 30 months after the disaster under the title Higashi Nihon Daishinsai: Borantia ni yoru shien to kasetsu jūtaku: Kaseigaku ga mimamoru Ishinomaki no ninen-han (Volunteer Organizations and the Effort to Improve QOL in Temporary Housing Following the 3.11 Tsunami Disaster: 30 Months in Ishinomaki). This volume offers a reassessment of the situation in Ishinomaki at the five-year mark, and reports on what the ongoing research is bringing into relief with regard to living conditions in the affected areas. The discussions include issues relating to life in temporary housing, the aid efforts of volunteer organizations and others, the recovery status of schools that were damaged, new initiatives undertaken by survivors themselves with an eye to the future, and endeavors in which survivors seek to share their disaster experiences not just with other affected regions but with the broader Japanese population, in the hope that others can benefit from what they have learned.

About the Editors
Midori Ōtake graduated from Tokyo Gakugei University with a degree in home economics. She is professor emeritus at Tokyo Gakugei University. Her fields of specialization are home economics education and home management studies.

Takashi Sakata (1951–), DAgr, was born in Nagoya. He is a physiologist. He completed his doctorate in the Graduate School of Agricultural Science at Tohoku University in 1978. He has been a professor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Ishinomaki Senshu University since 1997.