ARTS & CULTURE
03/14/2011 05:40 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Japan's Strict Codes and Drills Are Seen as Lifesavers

Hidden inside the skeletons of high-rise towers, extra steel bracing, giant rubber pads and embedded hydraulic shock absorbers make modern Japanese buildings among the sturdiest in the world during a major earthquake. And all along the Japanese coast, tsunami warning signs, towering seawalls and well-marked escape routes offer some protection from cascades of water.

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