Fire prevention promotion project
Recovery from the Great Kanto Earthquake
On September 1, 1923, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the Kanto region. The following day, the Cabinet of Prime Minister Gonbee Yamamoto was formed, and the Bureau for Reconstruction of the Imperial Capital, an organization under the direct control of the Prime Minister, was established. Minister of Home Affairs and former Mayor of Tokyo Shimpei Goto was appointed as President of the Bureau for Reconstruction of the Imperial Capital. Goto led the creation of the reconstruction plan.
Although the budget for the government plan, which originally called for 1.5 billion yen, was cut to 468.44 million yen, the plan achieved results such as being the first to incorporate modern city planning methods. Years later, it even had an impact on Japan’s postwar reconstruction plan. In accordance with the reconstruction plan, roads, bridges, rivers, canals, and parks were developed, and land readjustment projects were carried out mainly in the areas that were ravaged by fire to create the infrastructure that still contributes to the Tokyo of today.
Video & Digital Archive of the City Reconstruction
Video: “100 Years following the Great Kanto Earthquake”
~ Aiming for “Safety for the Next 100 Years” ~
These are a digital archive of reconstruction projects that can be viewed on computers and cell phones. They include easy-to-understand explanations of reconstruction town development and show the reconstruction led by Shimpei Goto and his team in projects designed to create a city based on disaster prevention strategies with a view to the next 100 years. Photographs and videos are positioned on a GIS map depicting three stages (earthquake aftermath, restoration, and today) of the city.
Educational Material on Recovery from the Great Kanto Earthquake
This material is designed to help children learn about the Great Kanto Earthquake that occurred 100 years ago to heighten their awareness of disaster prevention strategies. Digital educational material is distributed for use in classrooms and can be used for emergency drills in national, public, and private schools.
It uses photographs and videos to provide information on the condition of the city immediately following the earthquake and the process of its restoration.
It highlights the wisdom of our predecessors and lessons that can be learned from the disaster, providing students with an opportunity to think about what they can do when disaster strikes.
We plan various events where you can have fun learning about disasters.
These include events geared toward children, online events, and more. Come and join us.
2023 Seismic Campaign