The double dis­aster of a giant earth­quake and tsunami today in Japan has caused a mer­ci­fully low death toll so far. That’s thanks in part to the country’s tra­di­tion of strong building codes and trying out new disaster-​​proofing sys­tems. In years to come, those sys­tems could make new build­ings in Japan (and the United States) more disaster-​​resistant than ever before.

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