According to The Asahi Shimbun, innovation often comes at a price, and this was never more true in Japan where a rash of natural disasters over the last decade gave birth to all sorts of life-saving refinements in methods and services using information and communication technology.
The list is impressive.
For example, a map showing unblocked roads was released online in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster that left nearly 20,000 people dead or missing.
And after a typhoon lashed the Kii Peninsula in western Japan in fall 2011, killing or leaving dozens of residents unaccounted for, an easier-to-use water gauge that takes advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT) solution made its appearance.
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