Japan faces higher disaster risks among developed countries: report

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21:58 25 August 2016

TOKYO, Aug. 25, Kyodo

Japan has a high ability to cope with natural hazards but faces a far greater risk from disasters than other developed countries due to its high exposure to earthquakes and floods, according to a U.N. University report released Thursday.

Japan ranked 17th among the 171 countries surveyed, while many other developed countries ranked below 100th. Topping the list was Vanuatu, an island country in the South Pacific Ocean, followed by other developing countries such as Tonga, the Philippines and Bangladesh.

Rankings are based on an index that rates risk related to five natural hazards — earthquakes, cyclones, floods, droughts and rising sea level.

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