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Strict Building Codes Saved Lives in Japan Quake

While substandard materials, lax enforcement, and construction shortcuts have been cited as factors that caused needless loss of life in recent earthquake disasters in China and Haiti, reports indicate that Japan’s strict adherence to building codes mitigated casualties in the colossal quake and tsunami that struck Japan last month.  "Loss of life in some other disasters was aggravated not only by poverty but by circumvention of building codes and bribes to inspectors, " says ctirics from InsuranceTech.  Building skycrapers and dense industrial sites with such a high standard of building is a testimony to the ethics of the Japanese people.


Ethics Newsline Issued March 14, 2010 

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