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Typhoon Evacuation Warnings

As you no doubt heard, recently Typhoon Roke caused a bit of a mess in central Japan, with extensive flooding and damage due to strong winds and heavy rain. There are a lot of terms that are useful to know when typhoons are approaching, so today I’d like to introduce a few of them, including a mention of the Japan Meteorological Agency website and how you can track typhoons.

Two terms that you’ll likely hear a lot on the news are 避難勧告 and 避難指示. Confusing these two terms can lead to mistaken reports, so take care to listen carefully for them. Here are the three stages of evacuation notices:

避難準備

ひなん じゅんび

Evacuation Preparation

Next:

避難勧告

ひなん かんこく

Evacuation Advisory

and finally:

避難指示

ひなん しじ

Evacuation Order

With the translations, it should be pretty clear of the differences. An evacuation preparation announcement is a warning for people to prepare in the event at they need to evacuate immediately. An evacuation advisory is exactly that – people in the affected zones are only recommended to evacuate. In contrast, an evacuation order has more weight behind it – people are being told to leave their homes, although this notice does not actually force people to do so.

The implications of these notices should be a bit clearer now – when the news reports that X number of households have been advised to evacuate, it doesn’t quite have the same urgency as an *order* to evacuate. That said, the notice still should not be taken lightly and people in areas especially prone to flooding, landslides or close to structures liable to collapse should be especially vigilant!

In the case of Nagoya in the recent typhoon, over 1,000,000 people were issued with an evacuation advisory, and 80,000 issued with an evacuation order. None were forced evacuations by the city or prefecture, although you might say that the typhoon forced people to leave their homes.

Next then, let’s take a look at tracking a typhoon on the JMA website.


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8 Responses to Gakuu. Studying with Real Japanese

  1. Sabrina September 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    This is pretty cool! Right now I’m studying on Textfugu which is great! I belive Gakuu can be really helpul too. What I like most is that its for pre-intermediate to advanced level students. So you can’t say its the same thing over and over again… students can actually improve their knowledge here. Thank you very much for creating this site. Have a nice day :)
    -Sabrina

    • Gakuranman September 30, 2010 at 1:09 am #

      Hi Sabrina! Thank you for your comment :).

      That’s definitely our aim. I love Textfugu for beginners and really getting students a solid grounding in the language, but afterwards (and even while) studying the basics, it can really help to encounter raw Japanese material. You don’t have to understand everything at first, but feeling challenged and picking up little bits here and there that are extra to your learning the basics helps expand your mind. Let me know if you have any more questions! More demonstration material will be up soon! We are currently having a special launch sale price for early adopters, so check out the pricing page if interested :).

      • Sabrina September 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

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        • Gakuranman October 1, 2010 at 12:21 am #

          Sure thing :). Let me know if you have any other questions or suggestions for things you’d like to see on Gakuu!

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    • Gakuranman October 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

      Hey there! Thanks for dropping by :). No way – Koichi and I are buds. I’ve always loved teaching the more advanced stuff so it worked out perfectly. I’ll be adding more stuff in the coming days, so please stay tuned!

  3. DumbOtaku (percent20) October 3, 2010 at 12:58 am #

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    • Gakuranman October 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

      Glad to have you man! Look forward to hearing any suggestions you have for the site and future lessons :)

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