Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake

"Build back better" Case studies list

This page introduces the 3 case studies about reconstruction from Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthqake in Kobe city, Hyogo prefectures.

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Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture; Earthquake Disaster Reconstruction & Land Readjustment Project of Takatori Higashi Daiichi District ・Located about 7km south of Sannomiya station, which is the center of Kobe City, Takatori Higashi Daiichi Chiku is a district extending to the south-east of JR Takatori Station. Before the earthquake, while the district had a scenery of so-called “lower town” consisted of shops, pre-war row houses, etc., it also had problems, such as the accumulation of small and narrow houses, aging housing, the lack of public facilities such as roads and parks.

・In the earthquake, almost all of the buildings in the district were burned down. Earthquake Disaster Reconstruction & Land Readjustment Project was conducted to realize an early reconstruction and a town development reflecting residents’ opinions and develop a safe, secure and comfortable urban area, in order to prepare for future earthquakes.
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Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture; Earthquake Disaster Reconstruction of Rokkomichi Station South District ・Although Rokkomichi Station South District was designated as the eastern sub-center in the “Kobe City Comprehensive Master Plan” in 1965 and a station square was installed at the south side of JR Rokkomichi Station, the district remained as a low-use district where a mixture of residential, commercial and business-use buildings was found.

・The district suffered severe damage by the earthquake. 80% of buildings were fully or partially destroyed. By incorporating the residents’ opinions, the Urban Area Redevelopment Project made possible to reconstruct the urban area, develop disaster management bases centered around disaster prevention parks, supply quality housing, revitalize the district, and provide city functions appropriate for the eastern sub-center of Kobe City.
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Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture;
Maiko High School; Environment & Disaster Mitigation Course
・Based on the lesson learned from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake that there is a need of a place to learn the importance of life and ties with people, and also for the purpose of making schools with special features, which has been promoted as a part of the high school reform, Maiko High School (MHS) established a specialized course on disaster mitigation in April 2002 for the first time in Japan, after two years of preparation started in March 2000.
・The fact that MHS had been actively involved in disaster mitigation education by utilizing periods for integrated studies has also lead to the establishment of the course.
・The course is not limited to lessons taught by the school teachers. It contains features such as invitation of many external lecturers, provision of opportunities to learn outside the classroom, volunteer activities by the students, visiting classes in elementary schools by the students, exchange with the local community, expansion of activity network to other schools (developing junior leaders for disaster mitigation), etc.
・Creation of MHS's own curriculum for a specialized course on disaster mitigation has naturally fostered MHS’s basic stance that educators and learners “seriously” make mutual efforts and return their results to the local community.
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