On June 18 of this year, IREM Japan Members in
Osaka were awoken by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake,
one of the largest in the region since the 1995 Great Hanshin
Although the damage was limited, the quake was strong
enough to make it difficult to stand and knocked over furniture
and free-standing walls, injuring many and disrupting
transportation and infrastructure over a wide area.
Arihiro Shintani, CPM, of Assist Asset Inc. noted on
Facebook, “We had an intense shake. For the time being, the
dishes are still intact.”
Shintani’s levity in a serious situation can be seen as
somewhat representative of the Japanese response; while there
was worry about the damage, people quickly shifted into assess-
ment and repair modes.
By Daniel Morales
JAPAN’S EARTHQUAKE-PRONE TERRAIN
The Japanese government has many parameters in place to
respond to an emergency such as a large earthquake. A sys-
tem called minashi kasetsu in Japanese is part of a law allowing
prefectures to cover the cost of private rentals for some of those
displaced in an emergency, and it has been an effective way to
supplement temporary housing. The minashi kasetsu system not
only allows for quick housing for uprooted individuals, but has
provided an opportunity for property managers to be of service
in the aftermath of a disaster.
Because of its location at the intersection of several tectonic
plates, Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone areas in the
world. There are frequently small tremors, and larger seismic
events happen several times each decade across the archipelago.
Rental units help
temporary housing, such
as the units shown here,
Aftermath of the Kumamoto
earthquakes: Kumamoto Castle and
Kumamotodai Shrine (left), and
Sunlive Kengun shopping arcade (right).