Department   Undergraduate School  , School of Information and Communication
   Position   Associate Professor
Language Japanese
Publication Date 2015/12
Type Academic Journal
Peer Review Peer reviewed
Title The role of social capital after disasters: An empirical study of Japan based on Time-Series-Cross-Section (TSCS) data from 1981 to 2012
Contribution Type Sole-authored
Journal International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
Journal TypeAnother Country
Publisher Elsevier
Volume, Issue, Page 14(388-394),pp.388-394
Author and coauthor Go Shimada
Details After the recent Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, the importance of social capital has been heavily stressed. While there is a growing collection of literature on the role of social capital after disasters, other studies have mostly used qualitative analysis or quantitative methods using cross-sectional data from one point in time. This paper studied Time-Series-Cross-Section (TSCS) data from all 47 Japanese prefectures spanning about 30 years from 1981 to 2012. There are very few studies useing TSCS because available data is scarce. This paper employs proxies for social capital. The study found quantitatively that social capital plays important roles in the process of recovery, encouraging people to return to their homes and to stay. What happened to Tohoku as a result of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power accident was the destruction of social capital on a huge scale. The population is still decreasing in the area. Social capital should be at the core of future planning to rebuild Tohoku.
DOI 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2015.09.004
ISSN 2212-4209
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