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This is the first book-length study of the Hanshin Earthquake and the reconstruction response. Disaster preparedness and reconstruction is, sadly, an increasingly important area of study, and Japan has both a long experience [of], and many distinctive approaches to, urban disaster recovery and rebuilding. This excellent study of Japan's largest postwar urban disaster is thorough, timely, and relevant.
- André Sorensen, Department of Geography and Programme in Planning, University of Toronto

This is a well-organized, well-researched, accurate account of the main issues, decisions, and processes of reconstruction following the 1995 earthquake in Kobe ... The book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the aftermath of the Kobe earthquake, a major event in the history of Japanese planning, as well as the largest urban disaster in a developed economy since the Second World War [until Hurricane Katrina, that is].
- Robert Olshansky, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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"This is the first book-length study of the Hanshin Earthquake and the reconstruction response. Disaster preparedness and reconstruction is, sadly, an increasingly important area of study, and Japan has both a long experience [of], and many distinctive approaches to, urban disaster recovery and rebuilding. This excellent study of Japan's largest postwar urban disaster is thorough, timely, and relevant."―André Sorensen, Department of Geography and Programme in Planning, University of Toronto

"This is a well-organized, well-researched, accurate account of the main issues, decisions, and processes of reconstruction following the 1995 earthquake in Kobe .. The book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the aftermath of the Kobe earthquake, a major event in the history of Japanese planning, as well as the largest urban disaster in a developed economy since the Second World War [until Hurricane Katrina, that is]."―Robert Olshansky, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: UBC Press (January 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0774817577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0774817578
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,555,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very informative and well researched book on the challanges faced in Japan after the Kobe Earthquake - provides an interesting background to view the current reconstruction work and development in Tohoku
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