August 29, 2022
The paper titled “A Human Security Perspective in Understanding Risk Information During the COVID-19 Pandemic” has been published as a contributing paper to the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. The paper has been written by Lisette R. Robles, a research fellow at JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development.
This study examines access to emergency and related information during the COVID-19 pandemic as a crucial human security issue. It discusses the manner in which human security concerns drive risk perception and expound on the importance of risk information in protecting and empowering people during a crisis. Furthermore, it describes the results of a survey on the Japanese and foreign residents of four prefectures, namely, Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, and Saitama. It presents the types of information sought, the frequencies of and challenges in information seeking, trust in sources, acquiescence to COVID-19 safety measures, and specific concerns related to information seeking during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The study proposes that risk information can protect and empower people in responding to the multiple threats of COVID-19 by enabling them to make rational and sound choices for themselves and their communities or groups.
This paper is partially based on a supplementary study titled “A Human Security Perspective on Information Access and Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Short Study Report,” led by Lisette R. Robles, research fellow, Toya Chihiro, then research assistant, and Takeuchi Kaito, research officer at JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development (JICA Ogata Reseach Institute).