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If you want to move to earthquake-prone Japan, it is preferable to choose an area with low disaster risk.

While some areas of Japan are economically convenient, there are many areas with significantly higher risk of disasters such as earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, landslides, and storm surges.

Choosing a high-risk area, you will regret it after encountering a disaster.

This article will tell you how to know the disaster-risk areas for those who want to avoid the risk and will help you make a decision if you are thinking of moving or staying in Japan for a short or medium term.

Hello! My name is Yamaken. On my blog, I provide useful information for businesses such as architecture, urban planning and real estate.

Disaster Risk Regions


Areas of Japan that are at high risk of disaster can be found in the following sources.

Large cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya are at high risk of earthquakes, floods, and storm surges.

On the other hand, areas with low disaster risk are those painted in white. Large cities such as Fukuoka and Sapporo fall under this category, but in my opinion, due to the climatic problems of summer and winter (Fukuoka is hot in summer and Sapporo is cold in winter), I would not recommend it.

However, there is a caveat: due to the coarse mesh, it is not easy to distinguish between the safer areas inside the city and the less safe areas. So, if you really want to live in the city, you need to investigate the degree of risk in detail.

In addition to the above, there are several other types of disaster risk and several ways to find out the high disaster risk areas by city, but every year, the risk area is expanding, and there are even problems that are not addressed in English.

If you are unable to find out for yourself, please DM me on Twitter so I can tell you the extent of the risk for free.

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