Dark, cold and hungry, but full of mutual trust: Manners among the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake victims

Tsuneyuki Abe, Juthatip Wiwattanapantuwong, Akio Honda

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    Abstract

    It was reported with praise by the worldwide media that victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami disaster endured the aftermath in a civil manner. We analyzed official crime statistics and investigated data that were collected from residents in disaster-stricken areas. Official statistics showed that crime decreased during the disaster period. Collected data suggest that criminal and deviant behavior were extremely rare, and that the victims helped each other, apparently altruistically. Further research on actual behavior in post-disaster environments is necessary in order to sufficiently prepare for future disasters.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4-13
    Number of pages10
    JournalPsychology in Russia: State of the Art
    Volume7
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • Crime
    • Emergent norm
    • Looting
    • Panic
    • Post-disaster utopia
    • Tsunami

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychology(all)

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