April 16, 2018
On Feb. 27, 97 members of the Japan Disaster Relief Team who were sent to do emergency relief work in the areas affected by six major natural disasters over the course of two years, including a yellow fever outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and an earthquake in Mexico, were granted an audience by the Crown Prince at the Crown Prince's Residence.
Members of the Japan Disaster Relief Team who were granted an audience by the Crown Prince
The JDR work included the responses to:
• Indonesia forest fires, peat fires and haze (October 2015)
• Yellow fever outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (July 2016)
• New Zealand earthquake (November 2016)
• Sri Lanka garbage mound collapse at the disposal site (April 2017)
• Sri Lanka heavy rainfall (May 2017)
• Mexico earthquake (September 2017)
The Crown Prince began by thanking the JDR members for their work, then talked about the importance of rapid, precise support when a large natural disaster occurs.
September 2017 was the 30th anniversary of the enacting of the Law Concerning Dispatch of Japan Disaster Relief Team (JDR Law). The Japan Disaster Relief Team Secretariat is committed to putting to use the experience and lessons it gains working in disaster affected areas for preparation during normal times and to increase its capacity for emergency response during disasters.