From One Tragedy, Tools to Fight the Next

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Thetechnology-loving nation of Japan made good use of its unique innovations and social networks in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that followed. The disaster has continued to spur developments in the country in everything from energy generation, smartphones, transport and emergency response technology.

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Shoji Tanaka, standing, developed the “Noah” — a pod intended to hold up to four people and withstand a tsunami’s tossing and turning.


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Yoshiyuki Sankai transformed his Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL, so it could aid workers at radiation sites.

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Burton Inc. is at work on big 3-D displays that would broadcast messages in the air during a disaster. Burton had a display at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

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