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If you want to know why the Japan tsunami turned into a far higher disaster than the initial earthquake and discover the 7 main factors for this calamity, then read on. In this write-up we will touch on the government, closed cultures, leadership vacuum, system failures and Japanese crisis management, timing and info practices. By the end of this write-up you will have the info to act in a much much more decisive manner during the subsequent similar crisis or instantly review your crisis and continuity plans involving Japan. Government The Japanese government and political leadership has been in constant turmoil for the past couple of years, with regular scandals and modifications. This constant change and lack of continuity has resulted in each successive party’s rebirth and getting to discover “on the job” with out a clear political vision. Lack of encounter in power coupled with perpetual flux for all government employees and agencies outcomes in limited growth, development and also the absence of clear leadership. This really is not the type of scenario you would like throughout great times of disaster but the current situation Japan has, on top with the natural calamity, and it has been a main contributor towards the compounding issues and lack of suitable action at all stages. This was both foreseeable and likely. Many public utilities are privately owned and have enjoyed restricted government oversight or interference. The government is all but powerless to correct the lack of oversight and accountability at this late stage and are dependent on the private businesses for all of the decision and action taking. For reasons mentioned further on, this is ideal storm of failure within the making. Japanese governance is an extension of norms and culture, which have created this malaise. Culture Most will probably be conscious that the Japanese culture and sense of community is very distinctive in many methods. However, with nearly 25% of the population over 65, growing generational gaps, history and habit of covering up the truth to be able to save face, lack of leadership at all functional levels along with a group culture of sufferance and stoic resolve within the face of adversity do not strengthen the county or company sectors capacity to plan, manage and respond to crisis. In weakens it. Internationally, Japanese executives and companies are recognized for their lack of crisis management plans and choice generating. The country and national companies have enjoyed great economic success and have by no means seen the need to change or evolve with out the pressure of failure or the demand to innovate. This really is significantly much more so within the ranks of Japanese government agencies. Consequently, they've not embraced or implemented current competencies for crisis management as they've not seen the “need”. Culture often determines the strengths and weaknesses of the planning procedure however it must be assessed objectively as
culture is the one common element to all societies, locations and plans. Crisis Management Preparedness The evolution of crisis management and disaster prevention has been accelerated by the acknowledgment that whilst their might be “acts of god” there is a lot man can do to plan, manage and respond to such acts without a spiritual belief that one must merely accept ones' fate. This is not the case with a lot of Japan’s executive leadership. Consequently they fail to strategy for numerous natural disasters in an adequate and holistic manner. Most Japanese merely accept disaster, whether secular or religious. 1 statement summed up the problem by stating “they had no crisis management simply because they had been by no means ready for crisis”. Most businesses and foreigners in Japan have failed to understand or mitigate against this reality which has left them very vulnerable and greatly affected. Regardless of the “first world” label applied to Japan, many parts with the country are nonetheless much less advanced and from the perspective of a foreigner, signs, language, decision making and government services are nonetheless extremely exclusively “Japanese access” preferred. In time of disaster, access and benefit from any internal resource is further diminished. I have said before, crisis leadership is usually preferable to crisis management but an absence of leadership may be deadly. Leadership Vacuum Only the elderly and senior management are permitted to create decisions. This might function in a functioning communications and repetitive work environment but not in a dynamic crisis scenario or natural calamity. Lack of communication along with a vacuum of independent thought and decision generating have compounded the event beyond it’s initial occurrence. No person would be to blame for a natural disaster but each and everyone affected or responsible will be judged on how they manage and respond to such events. Most have already been found wanting. Leaders need information to act. You are able to act within the absence of information but continuos limitations on information and its impact produce even more chaos and disaster. Info Access and Release Nearly all Japanese businesses and government agencies are extremely protective of information even secretive, particularly about unpleasant or embarrassing info. Cover ups, information filtering, trickle release, lies and lack of understanding play a role and have already been demonstrated throughout. Nobody received accurate and truthful information as towards the state with the affected nuclear plants. Only hindsight will reveal just how wide spread the issue was but it was predictable and evident from the beginning that it would be managed in this way. Once more, cultural trends indicate those responsible would rather fail outright, apologies later, cry in public or just fade away than accept responsibility now, act now and share all of the facts and truth concerning the scenario from the onset of disaster. All plans and response are dependent on supporting systems. Lose one, lose them all and you'll need an alternate response in order to be effective. Systems Failure All the greatest plans and considerations are inclusive of single and numerous program failures. Not in Japan. Small to no consideration has been given to a series of program
failures like communications, transport, access, health care, utilities and food supplies. This is painfully evident and compounded the issues whilst most have only discovered this lack of preparing and preparation, following the reality. Timing Disasters and crisis seldom occur at a time of your choosing. Planning, training, rehearsals and response all have to be inclusive of the “worst possible time” concept. Weather has played a significant role in this calamity and it’s painfully evident that all supporting plans (as limited as we now know) clearly did not encompass the foreseeable and historical bad weather patterns experienced in Japan. Rain, hail, sleet and snow all have an impact on the response to an earthquake, fire, tsunami and flood. Occasionally positively but also negatively. Here we have seen a lack of preparation, triggered at the worst feasible time, creating the mess that has affected millions of citizens, residents, expatriates, businesses and travellers. Conclusion Japan and also the Japanese individuals are not blame for this natural calamity but their culture and unique circumstances have compounded the response and increased suffering. Any business or foreigner “caught out” by this phenomena has failed to localize their plans, management and response to crisis. These oversights have resulted in poor accountability for missing people, delayed choice making, failed plans, over confidence in government guidance, diminished ownership/action by companies along with heightened risk to those affected. Now which you understand the extra factors contributing to this particular calamity such as government, culture, timing, leadership, management, information and program failures you are able to instantly right your errors or fix the flaws inside your present plans. Condolences to those affected by this current tragedy but lack of preparing and preparation is no excuse when faced with foreseeable and likely crisis, no matter the source. By on animation
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