Risk communication, geoethics and decision science issues in Japan's disaster management system

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Megumi Sugimoto, Kyushu University, Graduate Education and Research Training Program in Decision Science for a Sustainable Society, Fukuoka, Japan
Issues in Japan’s disaster management system were revealed by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and by the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station accident. Many important decisions were based on scientific data, but appear not to have sufficiently considered the uncertainties of the data and the societal aspects of the problems. The issues that arose show the need for scientists to appropriately deal with risk communication and geoethics and issues. This paper discusses necessity of education for risk communication, geoethics and decisions science in school before students become sicentific decision makers in future.