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Japan: Statement made at the High-Level Forum on Implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction at Local Level

5 November 2016 sees the first ever edition of World Tsunami Awareness Day.

The date was designated by the UN General Assembly in honour of a true story from Japan: “Inamura-no-hi”, which means the “burning of the rice sheaves”. During an 1854 earthquake, a farmer saw the tide receding, a sign of a looming tsunami. He set fire to his harvested rice to warn villagers, who fled to high ground. In the aftermath, he helped his community build back better to withstand future shocks, constructing an embankment and planting trees as a tsunami buffer. 

In this statement to the High-Level Forum on Implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction at Local Level, in Florence, on 17 June 2016, Mr. Kazuyoshi Umemoto, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Italy underlined the global impact of tsunamis and the fact that knowledge about how to react saves lives.

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