World BOSAI Forum Held in Sendai

Based on a United Nations (UN) General Assembly call, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction agreement (effective until 2030), aiming to reduce the occurrence and concomitant effects globally, was set.

In retrospect to the namesake city hit by a massive earthquake in 2011 and venue of UN International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) in 2015, it has been agreed to widely, with some one hundred nations committing to invest in disaster risk reduction efforts.

This Sendai Framework has four priorities for international action, such as realizing resilience through better construction, in addition to conducting work on structures that may be prone to temblor damages.

To begin with, planning accordingly in advance could mitigate widespread impact around the world. In line with said effort, a World BOSAI (Japanese meaning disaster loss reduction) Forum was held for four days starting November 25, 2017 as announced at IDRC 2016 in Davos.

Organized by World BOSAI Forum Committee headed by Dr. Fumihiko Imamura and coorganized by Tohoku University (President Susumu Satomi), Sendai City (Mayor Kazuko Kohri) and others, it was followed by excursions to the Aomori, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures.

Although there were many events related thereto, quite interesting were meetings like those on earth observation tech (GP-STAR) and dealing with the disaster risk reduction agenda (Pacific Consultants), not to mention those held by Tohoku University, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Sendai City, last focusing on women's role.

As an aside, an emphasis can be found in the Sendai area to revive hard-hit agricultural production bases there as Miyagi prefecture was a cornucopia for fruits as well as grain. Particularly noteworthy attempts related to strawberry farming by both public (e.g., Tohoku University) and private sectors (agricultural corporations) are ongoing.

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