International Congress on Archives
Fire in Archives! What do you do? - To prepare Disaster Plans through a Test Fire
experience made by the Japan Society of Archives Institutions
Yo hi Komat u
Video show "Fire! What do you do?" records of the test-fire program
for archivists and librarians by the Disaster Prevention Committee of Japan
Society of Archives institutions
1. The Japan Society of Archives Institutions and disaster prevention training
The Japan Society of Archives Institutions (JSAI) is constituted by participation of Histo
rical Materials preservation organizations all over the country, the documentation manage
ment person in charge of administration, etc.
JISA shall aim at preventing historically important archives and other records from losing and
disappearing, and shall transmit and preserve them as the common property of the people for our
The aim of JSAI is to keep members informed and offer communication opportunities to one
another to promote the activities of archives preservation and use through various discussions
Archives institutions such as historical archives, government archives on various levels,
historical museums, historical compilation divisions of local governments are the examples of
the institutional members.
All the individual members are involved in the work to preserve and use historically important
JASA is a category B member of ICA and EASTICA, the East Asian Regional Branch of ICA, to
give members more exchange opportunities with foreign countries.
It is called "Zen Shiryo Kyo" in Japanese
The Hanshin-Awaji Big Earthquake on January 17, 1995 did serious damage to libraries and
museums including archives.
JSAI had recognized the necessity to take the disaster measures to archives and established the
Disaster Prevention Committee in April 1995.