The 'secret' to JICA's disaster risk reduction

A training on rescue techniques by the Japanese coast guard. Photo by: JICA

TOKYO, Japan — Every year ahead of Japan’s four-month typhoon season, teams of experts are deployed to check dikes, floodwalls, and other disaster-resilient infrastructure for mold or damage, said Miki Inaoka, senior deputy director in Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Disaster Risk Reduction Group. The group crosschecks its findings with a nation-wide infrastructure database that shows where structures are located, when something was last examined, and what prior risks have already been cataloged.

“I think the secret of our JICA cooperation, in my opinion, is mitigation in the disaster management cycle.”

— Yukinari Hosokawa, senior deputy director, JICA’s Disaster Risk Reduction Group

“This doesn’t happen in many other countries,” Inaoka said.

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