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Abe Tsuneyuki

Academic rank:  professor

Degree:  Ph.D in Psychology

Professor at Psychology department Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi, editor-in-chief of “Japanese Journal of Research on Emotions” (since 2010)

Publications by Abe Tsuneyuki

Abe T., Wiwattanapantuwong J., Honda A. (2014) Dark, cold, and hungry, but full of mutual trust: Manners among the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake victims. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 7(1), 4-13.

It was reported with praise by the worldwide media that victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami disaster endured the aftermath in a civil manner. We analyzed official crime statistics and investigated data that were collected from residents in disaster-stricken areas. Official statistics showed that crime decreased during the disaster period. Collected data suggest that criminal and deviant behavior were extremely rare, and that the victims helped each other, apparently altruistically. Further research on actual behavior in post-disaster environments is necessary in order to sufficiently prepare for future disasters.

DOI:  10.11621/pir.2014.0101
Pages:  4-13
ThemesThe 2nd Russian-Japanese forum of social sciences and humanities / Social psychology / Psychology and culture
Keywords:  emergent norm, crime, panic, looting, post-disaster utopia, tsunami

Available Online: 03.30.2014