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Risk Management Seminar “International Frameworks on Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Education”

  In Spring Semester 2015, CAMPUS-Asia Program launched a new seminar series on Risk Management with an aim to aid deeper understanding of risks at various levels in Japan and East Asia including natural disasters and political instabilities.
  For the first lecture of the seminar series, which was held on April 10, 2015, Assoc. Prof. SAKURAI Aiko of International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University was invited as a guest speaker, to give a lecture on International Frameworks on Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Education.

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  At the beginning of the lecture, Prof. Sakurai explained key concepts on disaster risk reduction (DRR), highlighting that disaster itself is resulted not only from exposure to a hazard, but also from insufficient capacity of people and authorities to cope with negative impacts. In this regard, she underlined the importance of building capacity of managing and reducing disaster risks throughout the pre- as well as post-impact phases.
  Prof. Sakurai, then, touched upon Japan’s significant contribution to the development of international framework on DRR, by hosting UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), sharing its disaster experience, and coordinating interests of various stake-holders at an international level. She especially stressed that the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction 2015-2030 of the 3rd UN WCDRR held in Sendai, Japan last march, will be a building block to globally address a wide range of disaster risks.
  Prof. Sakurai also introduced how DRR measures have been carried out in disaster-stricken areas of Japan. She mainly showed the multi-level effort to strengthen school safety in Japan, the range of which extends from physical safety reinforcement to disaster education, and community empowerment.

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  During the lecture, participants were actively engaged in discussion, asking questions based on their research interests such as how actual international negotiations were conducted, and what kind of difficulties there are upon carrying out DRR measures. The first lecture successfully provided a great opportunity for the participants to learn up-to-date international activities on DRR.