ARISE Japan Public Symposium 2018: Private sector contribution to disaster resilient communities

Organizer(s) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Kobe Office ARISE Japan UNDRR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. Kokusai Kogyo Co, Ltd. Wellthy Corporation Japan Conservation Engineers Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Company Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd. KABTO Co.Ltd.

ARISE Japan is hosting its third annual public symposium. The 2018 symposium will explore how the private sector may contribute to resilient communities through a multi-stakeholder panel discussion with panelists representing government, local government, civil society, academia, and the private sector.

This symposium is open to the wider private sector and other stakeholders. 

Event Information

Language: Japanese

Date, time, location: 7 March 2018, 15:00-17:30, in Tokyo (see flier). Registration opens 14:30. Event will be followed by a reception at 17:30. This is a free event, however, advanced registration is required (see online registration link).

Tentative Programme

15:00 Welcome remarks by organizer - ARISE Board member (focal point Japan and Asia); Chairperson and CEO Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd., Sandra Wu

15:05 Welcome remarks by co-organizer - UNISDR

15:20-15:50 Keynote speech by Itsuki Nakabayashi, Professor, Graduate School of Political Science and Economics, Meiji University, on the role of the private sector in creating disaster resilient societies

15:50 Activity report by ARISE Japan

16:00-17:30 Multi-stakeholder panel discussion on how private sector may work together with other stakeholders in order to contribute to the creation of disaster resilient communities


  • Government - Setsuko Saya, Director for international cooperation in the Cabinet Office (Japan), Disaster Risk Reduction Bureau
  • Local Government - Atsushi Yanagisawa, Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City Promotion Office, City of Sendai
  • Academia - Itsuki Nakabayashi, Professor, Graduate School of Political Science and Economics, Meiji University
  • Civil Society - Fumihiko Inagaki, Director, Chuetsu Organization for Safe and Secure Society
  • Private Sector - Yoshiki Kinehara, Mitsubishi Research Institute,Inc. (ARISE member)

Moderated by: Yuki Matsuoka, Head, UNISDR Office in Japan

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