March 12, 2024/ 5:00 PM


Readiness in Japan and Los Angeles: How to Prepare for the Next Big Earthquakes

Japan is prone to natural disasters due to its climate and topography and has experienced more than its fair share of typhoons, floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis throughout history.

In 2015, United Nations member states adopted three important international frameworks: The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030; The 17 Sustainable Development Goals; and The Paris Agreement.

In the upcoming webinar entitled, "Readiness in Japan and Los Angeles: How to Prepare for the Next Big Earthquakes," experts in disaster management from Japan and Los Angeles will discuss the similarities and differences between Japan and the U.S. in an online panel discussion. Professor Takeya Kimio of Distinguished Technical Advisor on Disaster Risk Reduction, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Visiting Professor, Tohoku University, International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), will participate from Japan as the main presenter, introduce the main points of the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and share Japan's experiences with earthquake preparedness.

From the City of Los Angeles, Ms. Carol Parks, General Manager of the Emergency Management Department will join the panel discussion. The County of Los Angeles is considered the riskiest county in the United States for natural disasters by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Recently, the Los Angeles region marked the Northridge Earthquake's 30th anniversary. Ms. Parks will discuss the city's earthquake preparedness with Professor Takeya and explore what Japan and Los Angeles can do together to actively prepare for future major earthquakes.

The program will be moderated by Professor Hitoshi Abe, Director, Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, UCLA and Professor, Department of Architecture and Urban Design, UCLA.


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Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, Japan House Los Angeles; Consulate General of Japan Los Angeles

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