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Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Is Japan prepared for a natural disaster such as the tsunami in Southeast Asia?


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Milton Miltiadous
Teacher, 40
I'm not. Friends of mine were in the tsunami -- bit of a wake-up call, so I've prepared a kit, water and canned food. Probably the most important thing, I've registered at the embassy.

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Marni Robinson
Teacher, 19
I saw a program on Japan when I was in Australia, showing that they're ready for earthquakes with buildings with rubber bearings. It's a big problem,but I don't think Tokyo is going to come crashing down.

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Robin Weber
I.T. Consultant, 23
My building is made of jelly. It shakes even when a car goes past. Everyone is situated in a close space -- an earthquake in Tokyo would be pretty disastrous.

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Kojiro Aiyashi
Import/Export, 24
Yes, I am because I've never experienced a huge earthquake. We haven't prepared for an earthquake -- there's not enough food if an earthquake hits, and I don't have an earthquake kit.

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Ruby Dumas
Teacher, 22
It's not seen as a priority. The government should give tax concessions to people who make their buildings safer, but I don't know if Japanese taxpayers would support it.

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Yoshiko Matsura
28
Yeah, I think so. My sister lives in Shizuoka, and because of Mt Fuji she is better prepared for a disaster. She's got extra food and a radio etc. She always tells me I should prepare and I will . . . soon.



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