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地域版「COMMUNICAID」と防災コミュニティづくり|English Follows








The Regional Versions of COMMUNICAID and Disaster-Prevention Communities

About a year and a half is left until the Tokyo Olympics; it is estimated that around 40 million foreigners will come to Japan in 2020. We can not predict when and where the next large-scale natural disaster will occur. However, in order to prevent accidents and troubles caused by insufficient communication during a disaster, INTERNASHOKUNAL is promoting efforts aimed at smoothly providing information and properly grasping the needs of each individual without personal differences getting in the way.

In 2017, we produced regional versions of COMMUNICAID for three major Kansai terminals and their surrounding areas, where people often come and go. In Sannomiya, Osaka, and Kyoto Station, these region specific versions can be used for evacuation and communication support when a disaster occurs. Through the development process, we implemented workshops with local disaster-prevention communities, working together with public transportation services and local residents to utilize the characteristics of each region.

For example, at our Kobe workshop we had staff in charge of JR West, a deaf disaster prevention expert, university professors who teach Japanese to international students, coordinators who connect people working in the area, and university students studying multicultural symbiosis participate. Together, we enjoyed walking around Sannomiya Station, confirming the locations of evacuation centers and photographing the various evacuation routes and city landmarks. In this process, we have been able to create maps for COMMUNICAID.

In addition, we needed to verify the usefulness of the interview sheet and medical questionnaire found within COMMUNICAID. At a disaster prevention workshop, we had 48 foreigners, from a total of 14 different countries, and 30 Japanese participants use a prototype version of COMMUNICAID to confirm the included contents and its ease of use. Furthermore, in order for COMMUNICAID to be efficient at evacuation centers, we received feedback from experts in a variety of areas, such as those responsible for the operation of evacuation centers and those from medical institutions.

In this manner, the regional versions of COMMUNICAID for Sannomiya, Osaka, and Kyoto Station area were completed, making use of local residents’ views and opinions. Since then, the regional versions of COMMUNICAID have been distributed to related organizations and people interested.


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