An official statement made by H.E. Mr. Azuma Konno, Vice Minister for Disaster Management, Cabinet Office, Japan, at 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in which he called for strengthened capacities of stakeholders for Local Level Disaster Risk Reduction and early warnings for disasters such as typhoon, tornado, storm rainfall, etc.
He presented some lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake in light of Japan's local disaster prevention capability, as well as some of the actions undertaken by the country on the basis of these lessons learned, such as: the revision of the “Disaster Countermeasures Basic Act” and the “Basic Disaster Management Plan”, the promotion of disaster prevention drills, the inclusion of the needs of women and disabled persons in disaster situation, and the enhancement of the collaboration with local government offices, local communities, private enterprises, and NGOs. He also emphasized the importance of including earthquake-resistance buildings, flood control facilities, safer transport operation and the enhancement of information and communication in urban development plans.
As a conclusion, he highlighted the promotion of streamlining disaster prevention and the proactive engagement of Japan in the discussions and initiatives related to the post Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). He also invited every country to Japan for the 3rd United Nations Disaster Reduction Worldwide Conference to be held in 2015.
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