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Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC (Attribution-NonCommercial)Logforum. 2017. 13(2), article 5, 171-182; DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2017.2.5


Jakub Mateusz Marcinkowski

Wrocław University of Economics, Jelenia Góra, Poland


Background: The complexity of natural disasters is a fundamental aspect for coordination and integration activities from the public sectors’ perspective. Tasks that are formally independent demonstrate a convergent and integrated character. Therefore, there is a justified need to synergic cooperation of public and private sector, NGOs, UN agencies, IFRC agencies, military and societies actions in the affected region. The main goal of the study was to identify similarities and differences in Japanese and American approaches to humanitarian logistics in the public sectors’ perspective. Moreover, the second goal was to prepare an extended humanitarian logistics convergence procedure for national authorities.

Methods: Critical analysis has been carried out in two highly developed countries of the global economy. Author indicates determinants which are conditioned by three different types of humanitarian logistics convergence.

Results: The article describes the processes of concurrence at Japanese and American level in relation to humanitarian logistics. The characteristic of convergence factors has been followed by theoretical considerations concerning analyzed problem. Author indicates determinants with highest level of convergence as well as with the biggest differentiation. As a result, an extended procedure for national authorities that covers both outstanding approaches has been presented.

Conclusions: Neutralizing, minimizing and eliminating of natural disasters’ negative effects are not an easy task. The article highlights the importance of public sectors’ activities which are fundamental aspects of humanitarian logistics actions. Their coordination and integration play a key role in efficiency. Hence, all authorities interested in the analyzed concept may follow the presented procedure. Nevertheless, there is a necessity to conduct an indicator analysis associated with natural disasters occurrence, economic growth, logistics ratios, risk indexes as well as other determinants that cover convergence.

Keywords: humanitarian logistics, humanitarian logistics convergence, natural disaster, integration, coordination, procedure
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MLA Marcinkowski, Jakub Mateusz. "Japanese and American approach to humanitarian logistics in natural disasters’ prevention ." Logforum 13.2 (2017): 5. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2017.2.5
APA Jakub Mateusz Marcinkowski (2017). Japanese and American approach to humanitarian logistics in natural disasters’ prevention . Logforum 13 (2), 5. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2017.2.5
ISO 690 MARCINKOWSKI, Jakub Mateusz. Japanese and American approach to humanitarian logistics in natural disasters’ prevention . Logforum, 2017, 13.2: 5. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2017.2.5