New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan

NZ-Japan knowledge exchange: towards better disaster management

The Embassy has been assisting a team of senior researchers from the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI) who will visit New Zealand on 17-23 February. In coordination with the Cabinet Office of Japan, DRI is researching systems for improved coordination of international support in the case of a major natural disaster. 

According to DRI, one issue that emerged following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011 was a lack of a system for coordinated receipt of aid, emergency relief goods and emergency teams from overseas. The DRI team, led by Director of Research Mr Masahiko Murata is keen to learn more about New Zealand’s experience of this issue in Christchurch, as well as receive any feedback from agencies involved in New Zealand’s response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

While in New Zealand the delegation will meet with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, as well as attending the second anniversary of the Canterbury Earthquake in Christchurch on 22 February. You can learn more about the DRI here.

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