This is the first book-length study of the Hanshin Earthquake and the reconstruction response. Disaster preparedness and reconstruction is, sadly, an increasingly important area of study, and Japan has both a long experience [of], and many distinctive approaches to, urban disaster recovery and rebuilding. This excellent study of Japan's largest postwar urban disaster is thorough, timely, and relevant.- Andre Sorensen, Department of Geography and Programme in Planning, University of TorontoThis is a well-organized, well-researched, accurate account of the main issues, decisions, and processes of reconstruction following the 1995 earthquake in Kobe ... The book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the aftermath of the Kobe earthquake, a major event in the history of Japanese planning, as well as the largest urban disaster in a developed economy since the Second World War [until Hurricane Katrina, that is].- Robert Olshansky, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign"
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An absorbing study of how Japanese policy-makers confronted challenges and exploited opportunities to rebuild a city in the aftermath of the world’s first major postwar disaster.