Edited by: Prof Shinichi Tokuno
When referring to disaster medicine, one must take into account the characteristics of the disaster in each region. In Japan, there are many natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons. Thus disaster medicine has developed uniquely as it gained experience through managing some of the most devastating natural disasters in recent years. Specifically, remarkable development has taken place following the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995. This series is a collection of papers written by the leading experts of Japanese disaster medical system and focusing on activities in the Great East Japan Earthquake. The series includes five categories: Evacuation, Mental health, Disaster Medical Assistant Team, Body identification and Military - military co-operation. These topics would become the future of disaster medicine and will allow to gather more evidence on best practices and successful deployments.