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Japan: Active Volcanoes Special Measures Act Amended

(Sept. 11, 2015) In September 2014, Mt. Ontake, located in central Japan, erupted and resulted in the loss of 57 lives. (Mount Ontake Volcanic Eruption, NHK World (Oct. 27, 2014).) Experts called for improved measures for managing government reactions to eruptions. (Id.) In response, the government discussed enhanced countermeasures. (Disaster Management in Japan, Cabinet Office […]

Israel: Broadcasting Emergency Announcements in Various Languages

(Jan. 19, 2010) On January 11, 2010, the Knesset passed an amendment to the Broadcasting Authority, 5725-1965 Law, requiring the broadcasting of emergency announcements related to public health and security in Arabic, Russian, and Amharic, in addition to the Hebrew language. The broadcasting in these languages is necessary because segments of Israel's population are not […]