August 4, 2016

APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School

DSC_4226-1   From July 19-22, the fourth Multi-Hazards Summer School was held jointly with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) at the International Research Institute of Disaster Statistics, Tohoku University. A total of 50 participants and speakers from 17 countries and regions attended.

   This year’s theme was “Handing down disaster experiences and lessons-learnt to the next generation”. Faculty members of Tohoku University gave lectures from various perspectives, based on the lessons and experiences from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. In addition, local government officials from Sendai City and Tagajo City shared their reconstruction activities, and speakers from an international NGO (CWS Japan) and the private sector (Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.) introduced their roles in disaster risk reduction.

   During the field visit on July 21, the participants visited Hiyoriyama hill, Kitakama sea wall and the memorial monument in Natori City, and the disaster public housing in Sakuragi area, redevelopment project, and Miyagi Prefectural Tagajo High School in Tagajo City. The participants asked many questions on their experience and situation immediately after the disaster struck and the ongoing recovery efforts. They also actively exchanged ideas and opinions with high school students.