International Disaster Reduction Meeting Begins in Northern Japan

A two-day international meeting on disaster reduction opened on Tuesday in northeastern Japan, a region hit hard by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in March last year.

The meeting, held mainly in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, has brought together ministers and experts from some 100 countries and organizations for talks to share their experiences of and lessons learned from natural disasters, including the Japanese earthquake.

“I would like you to feel the energy of disaster-affected people trying to move ahead toward a tomorrow,” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said at the opening.

Japan will provide some 3 billion dollars in aid over the three years from 2013 to promote efforts to make the world more resistant to natural disasters, Noda said.   

A junior high school student from Onagawa, Miyagi, gave a presentation on the March 2011 disaster and proposed disaster-reducing measures.

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