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Reconstructing Kobe: The Geography of Crisis and Opportunity Hardcover – Mar 15 2010

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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 Toronto This 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" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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.

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Well researched and writen book. Nov. 22 2011
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Very informative and well researched book on the challanges faced in Japan after the Kobe Earthquake - provides an interesting background to view the current reconstruction work and development in Tohoku