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Japan is rife with natural disasters—earthquakes, tsunami, typhoons, volcanic eruptions and floods—as a result, the country is a leader in disaster preparedness. Since 2006 Hirokazu Nagata, founder of NPO + Arts (Plus Arts) and the Vice Director of the Design and Creative Center Kobe, has been working with designers, social innovators and architects to craft thoughtful and creative design to create awareness and prepare communities for disasters. The program introduced his broad body of work, which includes collaborations with companies such as MUJI and AIG, preparing families through games and camps, pocket manuals for employees, and innovative emergency shelters, among other imaginatively designed products. Mr. Nagata led the audience through a mini-workshop to make their own disaster-preparedness plates.


This Could Save Your Life: Creative Design & Disaster Preparedness is co-organized by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership with the cooperation of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day (November 5) and to commemorate the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

This event is supported by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.


Transportation is assisted in part by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

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