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Japanese Cultural practices and its use for Disaster Management

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Source: LM

 Context:  A recent fire incident involving a Japan Airlines (JAL) Airbus A350 and a De Havilland Dash 8 turboprop aircraft at Haneda airport in Tokyo. Despite the severity of the incident, most passengers on the JAL aircraft survived, highlighting several factors contributing to their safety.


Factors Contributing to Passenger Safety in JAL Aircraft Incident

  1. Japanese Culture: The Japanese cultural practice of ‘Kiritsu,’ emphasises self-discipline in various aspects of life. The crew’s presence of mind and disciplined evacuation procedures played a crucial role.
  2. Superior Aircraft Technology: Modern aircraft like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 use advanced materials, such as carbon fibre composites, which have lower burning temperatures compared to traditional aluminium.
  3. Cabin Crew Competence: The cabin crew’s competence, guided by safety training, played a significant role.
  4. Safety Training and Track Record


Usage: The example can be used in DM/ Ethics (to show values such as discipline, quick thinking, and safety consciousness in Japanese culture)