Message from President
Purpose of Establishment
With the efforts and understanding by government ministries include the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and stakeholders, we officially inaugurate Japan Bosai Platform on June 4, 2014. Let me explain how it started and the actions for the future.
Japan is a country with frequent natural disasters. Although we have experienced the loss of a great many lives, we have risen up every time and have continued restoration. In order to protect against the natural disasters coming next, we have continuously endeavored for prevention and reduction of disasters.
The efforts and the achievements are based on the close collaboration of industry, academia, government, and citizens in Japan, and the whole efforts toward disaster reduction in our country acquired high commendation from the international community.
Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), an action agenda among the members of the United Nations, has been adopted at the 2nd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which was held in Kobe city in Hyogo prefecture in 2005. It is the first international consensus in the field of disaster reduction, and it is a well-known fact that the consensus is reached by the extraordinary efforts made by Japanese government and stakeholders.
On the other hand, in view of the present situation of the world, countries in the world are continuously damaged by natural disasters. According to the survey by an insurance company in Europe, there were 880 natural disasters worldwide, which damages are over 125 billion U.S. dollars (approximately 12,500 billion Japanese yen). It means there were more than two natural disasters everyday somewhere in the world during 2013.
The Japanese word “bosai” means comprehensive effort against natural disasters to reduce the loss of life and property at each stage of planning, preparation, defense, prediction, warning, refuge, rescue, and reconstruction. On the other hand, investments overseas are focused on post-disaster recovery. Investments for recovery are quite inefficient as the accumulation till the time needs to be restored from nothing, however, and it is becoming clear that a great damage caused by the disaster becomes the major obstacle for long-term development. In response to those movements, United Nations and the World Bank call for investment for proactive approach to minimize the damage as well as post-disaster recovery, predicting that the frequency of disaster will rise even more in the future because of the effect of climate change including global warming and the movement of concentration of the population into urban areas. “Mainstreaming the proactive investment and disaster reduction” is becoming an important theme.
Since we have overcome a great number of disasters to date and have achieved the growth of socio-economics, the role of our country Japan is important. The Japanese government has pledged that they contribute to the world in the field of disaster reduction as the proactive investment for disaster reduction is becoming much more important in the world.
Against that background, we think a significant outcome for countries all over the world will be gained by gathering and combining strength and know-hows of industry, academia, and government. Especially combining know-hows of comprehensive administration of government for disaster reduction, practical and technical strength of industry, and the latest knowledge of educational institution will create additional value as never before.
Until now, however, there had been no place to cooperate purposefully for the theme of international disaster reduction beyond the compartmentalized structure of administration, business, and specialty. The purpose we establish “Japan Bosai Platform” is exactly to create a place to cooperate each other regardless of their position.
We are conducting following two things:
At the disaster management collaboration dialogue which the Japanese government proceeds with each country in Memorandum, etc., we conduct action in cooperation with the Japanese government, understanding individual situation and potential needs of partner countries. Considering local reverse innovation, we cooperate beyond the frame of industries and construct business models through concrete examples with visions of development to other countries.
There are companies from industrial giants to venture companies dotted in Japanese industry which have various know-hows. Therefore we often hear voices from the members of the international community including the World Bank that the know-hows about disaster reduction in Japan are scattering and are not quite understandable. This platform acts as a hub of information exchange for the theme of disaster reduction in the international community. Our intention is to make this platform to be the place to transmit information comprehensively to the international community.
I would like to deliver message on behalf of promoters that our aspiration is to construct a place as from June 4, 2014 where various people can participate and where their strength and knowledge are combined so that Japan, a developed country which has new problems, can contribute continuously to the international community.
Japan Bosai Platform