How Telework Can Make Nations Disaster Ready

This January 17th was the 2oth memorial day of Hanshin Great Earthquake that hit Kobe, Japan in 1995.

Sankei News, January 15, 2015

Sankei News, January 15, 2015

Yoko Kawai of Penguin Environmental Design wrote an arctile on the disaster readyness to commemorate the event. The article, titled “Change the Workstyle to Solve Population Over-Concentration into Maga Cities” was published on Sankei News, one of Japanese major news companies,  on January 15th.

Yoko pointed out that the Tohoku Earthquake became the national-scale disaster, because Tokyo, the largest concentration of population and businesses in Japan, was relatively close to Tohoku region.  Unless both the population and businesses are redistributed into the larger areas in Japan, any future earthquake that hits closer to Tokyo or other megacities will make the nation very vulnable. She proposes that telework can help easend the over-concentration in socially sustainable ways. The original article is in Japanese (: see the image), and Yoko intends to translate it soon.