This book is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. CMS-9542154 and CMS-9316749. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. We wish to acknowledge the collaboration of Professor Shinobu Kitayama of Kyoto University in sharing in the design of the study. Kitayama developed the application of the concepts drawn from "cultural psychology" to the specific research topic of earthquake hazards response, conducted focus groups in Yaizu and Shimizu that resulted in the development of a cross-cultural questionnaire design, was in charge of the survey execution in Japan, and participated in every stage of the analysis of survey results. Professor Mayumi Karasawa of Shirayuri College in Tokyo coordinated the administration of the survey research in Japan. In Japan, an undergraduate, Takahiko Masuda of Kyoto University, managed the data analysis and coordination with the Oregon team. In Oregon, two graduate students in geography participated in the study design and execution: Tom Kochevar, and Daphne Minton.
List of Tables and Figures – Acknowledgements -- 1 Earthquake Hazards in Japan and The United States -- 2 Social and Behavioral Science and the Study of Human Response to Earthquake Hazards – 3 Description of the Empirical Study -- 4 General Description of Respondents – 5 Attitudinal Characteristics -- 6 Culture and Risk Perception – 7 Adoption of Mitigation Measures – 8 Beliefs about Government Aid and Public Policy Measures – 9 Implications of this Research for Public Policy – References.