The City of Sendai held the 2020 Sendai Symposium for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Future – 9 years of Progress since the Great East Japan Earthquake, and Thoughts toward the Future – on March 14, 2020 without an on-site audience.
March 14 (Sat.), 2020 13:00 to 16:00
L-park Sendai 6th floor Gallery Hall
City of Sendai
Miyagi Prefecture, International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) of Tohoku University
(1) Keynote speech
(2) Panel discussion
Due to COVID-19 infections in Sendai City, the keynote speech and panel discussions were conducted without an on-site audience.
At the keynote speech, Professor IMAMURA, IRIDeS of Tohoku University, reviewed the Great East Japan Earthquake, explained the situation of the disaster using video simulation, and also described that natural hazards that occur frequently across the country have become diverse and serious.
At the panel discussion, 4 panelists, including Professor IMAMURA who conducted the keynote speech, reviewed initiatives before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake until present, discussed thoughts of Disaster Risk Reduction in the future.
The event was filmed and uploaded to the City of Sendai You Tube channel, Sendai Tube, and was available for viewing for a limited period of time.
We requested viewers fill out a questionnaire about the video. They answered with the following: It is very helpful to hear the panelist’s real experience, I also appreciated the opportunity to hear valuable stories online, regardless of the circumstances surrounding concerns about rising COVID-19 infections. The keynote speech by Professor IMAMURA was fantastic. Amid concerns that memories of the Great East Japan Earthquake are fading, the idea of communicating the disaster with colors is very effective and highly impactful to pass down experiences and lessons to the younger generation born after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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