The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami disaster was one of serious blows to Japan for the past decades.
Since geologists predict that there will be a significant increase in natural disasters throughout the Japanese Archipelago in coming years,
people are to prepare for future natural risks.
That mind-set, along with Japanese Buddhism and traditional culture, is changing attitudes towards human relations and community building.
Along with the issue of an increasing elderly population and decreasing child birth rates, Japan has to design a national disaster prevention and preparedness plan and policies mindful of these two trends which will lead to shrinking communities. UCRCA is, in limited way, constructing a new concept for declining communities and the nation.