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November 30, 2017

JICA hosted various events to celebrate World Tsunami Awareness Day

photoParticipants of the World Tsunami Museum Conference

On November 5, 2017, JICA co-hosted the World Tsunami Museum Conference*1, in Ishigaki, Okinawa. This is one of the various events that took place around the world to raise awareness and reinforce measures for tsunami disaster risk reduction. The UN General Assembly in December of 2016, had approved the resolution proposed by Japan with 142 other countries to designate November 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day*2.

Seventy participants from eight countries including Japan, who are tsunami museum staffs, national or local government officers engaged in disaster risk reduction, or academics gathered to discuss how to hand down our experiences of tsunamis and other natural disasters to the next generation, and what role tsunami museums can play in this process. The results of the conference were reported at the High School Students Islands Summits on World Tsunami Awareness Day 2017, which was held in Ginowan, Okinawa, on November 7th. Participants also observed tsunami museums and participated in tsunami comprehensive drill at Miyazaki port from October 28th to November 10.

JICA also hosted seminars in El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. In the Maldives, Tonga and Solomon Islands, JICA staffs and their counterparts participated in evacuation drills arranged by Japan-UNDP Partnership Fund through a tsunami disaster education project. Media coverage of these activities provided an opportunity for people to learn about JICA's disaster risk reduction efforts and Japan's tsunami disaster measures.

photoMr. Ricardo Toro, National Director of National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI), Chile, attended tsunami comprehensive drill in Miyazaki Port
photoA ceremony of The World Tsunami Awareness Day was held in Peru
photoAn event of the World Tsunami Awareness Day was held in Mexico
photoProf. Kuroiwa received Hamaguchi Goryo International Award recommended by JICA Peru office
photoA Seminar of the World Tsunami Awareness Day was held in El Salvador.

*1 The World Tsunami Museum Conference was organized by United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Office in Japan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and cooperated by International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) Tohoku University.

*2 The designation of November 5 comes from the famous "Inamura-no-hi (The Fire of Inamura)" story about Hamaguchi Goryo, who saved the lives of village inhabitants by setting fire to his sheaves of rice, thus quickly disseminating information about a giant Tsunami triggered by the Ansei Nankai Earthquake on November 5 in 1854, leading to the evacuation of the village, which he then made an effort to build back better.


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