November 25, 2021
The JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development (JICA Ogata Research Institute) has published "A Human Security Perspective on Information Access and Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Short Study Report," written by Research Fellow Lisette R. Robles, Research Assistant Toya Chihiro, and Research Officer Takeuchi Kaito of the Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Support research cluster of JICA Ogata Research Institute.
The COVID-19 outbreak highlighted multiple human insecurities in 2020 and continues to do so. The uncertainty and unpredictability of this infectious disease have contributed to heightened fear and anxiety among communities, leading to a greater level of vulnerability and insecurity. Across all these constraints and challenges, the need to access reliable information and stay informed about the pandemic are crucial human security issues that everyone must address.
This report details the results of an online survey conducted and distributed in four prefectures in Japan in 2020. Its main objective is to gain a glimpse of people's information-seeking behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic by presenting the intersection between crisis information seeking and human security.
The publication can be downloaded in PDF format from the link below.