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Presentation on earthquake countermeasures in Kobe

The Hyogo Prefectural Government will hold an international event on earthquake countermeasures in Kobe in January next year, marking the fifth anniversary of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake. The event is aimed at passing to future generations the experiences and lessons of the disastrous earthquake and making recommendations for the future.
The event will consist of ""The Presentation of Global Assessment of Earthquake Countermeasures"" to take place at the International Conference Center Kobe in Chuo Ward, on January 10, 12 and 14, and ""The Global Symposium on Earthquake Countermeasures in Hyogo,"" to be held at Hotel Okura Kobe on January 16 under the theme of ""Making Effective Use of Lessons Learned and Passing Them on to the 21st Century.""
At the presentation, members of the Assessment Committee will report on their assessment of earthquake countermeasures in their respective fields. The assessment was made on 11 themes including 1) reconstruction organizations, 2) disaster medical care systems, 3) industrial reconstruction, and 4) urban planning during reconstruction.
The symposium will first hear a summary of the results of the assessment of countermeasures for the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and make recommendations on what to do with earthquakes that could occur in future. It will be followed by panel discussions by Japanese officials, experts and foreign guests, including Philippe Boule, director of International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR).