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    Countermeasures against something

    A Japanese-English dictionary I have says that "countermeasure" cannot be used for natural disaster, i.e., "countermeasures against terrorism" is okay but "countermeasures against natural disaster" cannot be used.

    Is it incorrect to say, "We must take some countermeasures against natural disaster."?

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    Re: Countermeasures against something

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    I cannot give a definitive answer, but I have consulted several English dictionaries and none of them making this mention. Oddly enough, if you google "countermeasures against natural disasters" (note that it should be plural) you will see that a lot of the results link to Japanese websites .

    Edit. A "measure" is defined by Longman as "an action, especially an official one, that is intended to deal with a particular problem." A natural disaster is not intended, so when you're dealing with a natural disaster, you're not really countering an intended action (and therefore it's not a countermeasure). That may be what your dictionary is getting at.
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    Re: Countermeasures against something

    I have no problem at all with authorities taking countermeasures against floods, earthquakes etc.

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