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Asia Industrial Tour (FY2005) “Recovery from Natural Disasters” [February 21-22, 2006]

Asia Industrial Tour (FY2005) "Recovery from Natural Disasters"


Outline


In recent years, Asian countries successively suffered enormous damage from natural disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons and tsunami, which had made recovery from natural disasters a common issue for Asian countries. In light of this, we conducted a study tour to think about recovery from natural disasters based upon the experiences of the Hanshin-Awaji area, which was hit by the great earthquake in January 1995, and is still striving for recovery. Asian diplomats residing in Tokyo were invited so that they could share their views and experiences in disaster recovery efforts and deepen their understanding. Participants were supposed to learn about respective efforts by the government, companies and civil societies during recovery from the Kobe earthquake through visits to facilities for disaster reduction and recovery in Kobe and companies that experienced the earthquake.

Dates: February 21 (Tuesday) - 22 (Wednesday)
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Supported by: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
In cooperation with: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Kansai Bureau and Hyogo Prefectural Government

Participants


11persons (For details, please see bottom of page.)


Visited places


-KOBE Shu-Shin-Kan Brewery
-Asian Disaster Reduction Center
-Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
-Workshop “Recovery from the Great Hanshin-awaji Earthquake -government, industry, and civil society-“
-Rainbow House Kobe
-Kobe Steel, Ltd.
-Citizens towards Overseas Disaster Emergency (CODE)

Overview


Countries that suffered natural disasters in recent years showed a particularly keen interest. They posed many questions, including one concerning supports offered to help small companies that suffered from the earthquake recover, and actively exchanged opinions. “Damage can be reduced by daily preparations. Countermeasures in terms of hardware, such as remodeling of buildings into earthquake-proof ones, require a lot of money, but those concerning human aspects and knowledge, including emergency drills, are not costly, but effective,” said an official from the prefectural government of Hyogo. In response, one of the participants said, “Efforts by Hyogo are very instructive. We hope to keep on exchanging information.” The tour turned out to be a significant opportunity to promote further information exchanges and cooperation between Asian countries and the Kobe region in efforts concerning natural disasters.


A group photo of the Tour participants at the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution

A group photo of the Tour participants at the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution

Workshop: Restoration after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake

Workshop: Restoration after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake


A visit to CODE (Citizens towards Overseas Disaster Emergency) -Exchanging opinions

A visit to CODE (Citizens towards Overseas Disaster Emergency) -Exchanging opinions



Participants


Mr. ABUL MANSUR FAIZULLAH MD. (Bangladesh)
Commercial Counsellor
Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Mr. SOTHIRA CHHAU (Cambodia)
Second Secretary
Royal Embassy of Cambodia

Mr. SHEN YU (China)
Attache, Economic and Commercial Office
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China

Mr. VIRENDRA SHANKER (India)
Counsellor
Embassy of India

Mr. HUSIN BAGIS (Indonesia)
Commercial Attache
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

Mr. MOHD. KHAIRUL ADIB ABD. RAHMAN (Malaysia)
Counsellor (Human Resource Development)
Embassy of Malaysia

Mr. DAMBADARJAA BATJARGAL (Mongolia)
Economic Counsellor
Embassy of Mongolia

Mr. PARAS GHIMIRE (Nepal)
Minister-Counsellor, Deputy Chief of Mission
Royal Nepalese Embassy

Mr. MUHAMMAD ABDUL KHAN WAHID (Pakistan)
First Secretary (Press)
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Mr. D.G.A.P. DHARMAPRIYA (Sri Lanka)
Counsellor (Commercial)
Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Mr. NOPPORN BURASKARN (Thailand)
Minister-Counsellor (Commercial)
Office of Commercial Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy


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