25/03/2013 - Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response and Akihiro Ohta, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan have exchanged letters providing a framework to further enhance EU-Japan cooperation in disaster management.
The letters provide the basis for cooperation in a broad spectrum of disaster risk reduction topics, including major natural and man-made disasters related to water, such as floods, droughts, landslides and tsunami; preparedness and response to mega-disasters; and the integration of climate change adaptation into disaster management policy. The overall objective is to focus on learning from each other's experience and sharing best practices.
The determination to strengthen the cooperation between Japan and the EU builds on the response to the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear incident that struck Japan in 2011. Although Japan is one of the best prepared countries to cope with disasters, the magnitude of the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami made it necessary to complement Japan's response capacities with international assistance.