8 years past from 311 disaster in this year. India-Japan Friendship forum was held in the capital of India, New Delhi on the 13th of November, 2019. This event is an annual one and the title was “”. Panelists name is as follows,
Gujarat Earthquake (2001)
Ms. Tomo Kawane: She was a part of local co-ordination team forJapan Disaster Relief sent by Government of Japan.. Associate Director, Japan Desk, Mumbai & Ahmedabad
Mr. L. Mansingh, IAS, Chief Co-coordinator of Relief and Rehabilitation, Kutch,
Mr. Uday Bhanu Patnayak: Architect involved in construction of hospiatal post Kuch disaster
Fukushima disasters (2011)
Mr. Alok Awasthy: National Disaster Rescue Force
Mr. Kenichiro Hiramoto: Curator, Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum, Japan
Mr. Alok Prasad: Former Ambassador to Japan
Round Table Discussion: The Way Forward (10 mts each)
Chaired by Ambassaor Alok Prasad
Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto: Chief Representative, JICA, FICCI Disaster Relief Cell,
Mr. Ashok Jain, MOSAI
Summing up: Ambassador Alok Prasad
Closing Remarks: Professor Ms. Sushila Narsimhan
The above is main casts and the summary of program on that day. Then I was belonging to Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum, the Reconstruction Bureau of Iwate, so I spoke and reported out about the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Onagawa’s Damages by Tsunami, Activities of NDRF in Japan, Summary of Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum which was opened on the 22nd of Sep. in 2019. On my presentation, I tried to pay attention to tell the right information, e.g. Locations, Accident of Fukushima etc., well to the audiences. Because there was a flame of misunderstanding and misrecognition as “The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami = Fukushima Disaster” as if it was expressed on the title of Forum in this time.
And the other topic, Though we met for the first time in 7 years, I spoke out on the same stage with Mr. Alok Awasty, who was the former commandant of NDRF in India, in this forum. After that, I was invited him to his house in New Delhi. Then I met his family for the first time, and I explained them the situation of Onagawa town in Miyagi pref. under the disaster and “Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum” which was built in Rikuzentakata city, Iwate pref. recently with pictures and videos. Next, I had a honor to have a dinner with them at a Japanese food restaurant in New Delhi.
Next day, Ms. Tomo Kawane who was a key person of the forum in this time showed me Delhi Univ. and Neru Univ. each. In the Neru Univ, though which Ms. Kawane was graduated from, we had a lecture for the student of Neru Univ. about 20 min. And then, we had a time for discussion of each topics for today.
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