Departmental Bulletin Paper <Invited Articles>Heart Care in Japan: Before and After the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake

Benedict, Timothy O.

1pp.147 - 169 , 2016-01-15 , 京都大学大学院人間・環境学研究科 共生人間学専攻 カール・ベッカー研究室
This paper examines the emergence of the term "heart care (kokoro no kea)" to describe the psychological support for disaster victims in the wake of the 1995 Hanshin earthquake. By comparing the usage of this term in the Yomiuri and Asahi newspapers before and after the earthquake, as well as its relationship with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this paper will show how heart care emerged in the context of hospice before expanding to include care for trauma more broadly. I will also discuss how the growing attention to heart care enabled religious groups to become more engaged in disaster relief work.

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