The Wall St. Journal is reporting that a group of American families who are moving to Akari, a city in northern Japan, have already spent tens of thousands of yen in an effort to protect their apartments from the effects of earthquakes.
The group, called the Akari Residents Association, said they had bought and installed earthquake detectors and other technology to protect the apartments from quakes and other hazards.
It said that in addition to installing the sensors, the group had installed cameras to film the ground and installed sensors that would alert neighbors to earthquakes.
It also plans to put up solar panels to help with power and other energy needs, and to purchase solar panels for other buildings in the area.
Akari has been hit hard by earthquakes over the past few years, and officials have said that some residents have begun moving out.