Coping with Disaster Risk Management in Northeast Asia: Economic and Financial Preparedness in China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea

Gregory Coutaz
Chinese Culture University, Taiwan

Product Details
31 Oct 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
184 pages - 152 x 229mm
Disaster risk management is of increasing significance in today’s world. Every year, natural disasters cause tens of thousands of deaths and tens of billions of dollars’ worth of losses. Northeast Asia holds a high propensity for natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, floods and landslides. Countries in the region have a long history of natural disasters that have devastated populations, cities and their heritage. Restoring livelihoods and rebuilding social and economic infrastructures requires adequate political actions and financial resources, necessitating the implementation of a comprehensive strategy for the management of catastrophe risks. 

Coping with Disaster: Risk Management in Northeast Asia provides an examination of the disaster risk management approaches and financing practices adopted in China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. The objective of this book is to provide the necessary information on hazards, exposures and vulnerabilities to assist policy development design to increase governmental preparedness for catastrophe risks. It addresses the traditional aspects of disaster risk management, but goes further to focus on the measures of financial protection required to secure post-disaster resources and strengthen budgetary discipline. 

Written in an accessible and comprehensible manner, the book will appeal to a wide audience, but is of special interest to policy-makers, public officials, insurance managers and students eager to learn more about disaster risk management in one of the most exposed regions in the world.
Chapter 1. Introduction 
Chapter 2. Financing Natural Disasters 
Chapter 3. China: Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery 
Chapter 4. Evolution of Disaster Risk Management in Taiwan 
Chapter 5. Living with Natural Disasters in Japan 
Chapter 6. South Korea: Vulnerability and Adaptation to Natural Disasters 
Chapter 7. Need for Financial Preparedness 
Chapter 8. Conclusion
Gregory Coutaz is a Swiss political scientist. He holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Lausanne and an MAS in Asian Studies from the University of Geneva. Living in Taiwan since 2008, he received his PhD from the National Chengchi University and currently teaches at the Chinese Culture University. Dr Coutaz’s major areas of research include comparative politics, disaster risk management and non-traditional security.

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