UN World Conference in Sendai

Role model city leads global disaster risk reduction

By Justin Velgus    - 1 min read

The 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be hosted in Sendai March 14th-18th, 2015. UN members will be attending special programs while citizens and visitors can participate in public forum events happening around the city center.

Local tourism boards are working with foreign and Japanese residents to welcome all and to showcase the capital of the often overlooked Tohoku region. Sendai is famous for its nature, cuisine, samurai history, and academic research facilities. The city is a model for resiliency, having overcome such tragedies as the 1611 Keicho tsunami and a fatal air raid of WWII.

On the passing of the 4th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the tsunami and nuclear disaster which followed, the world is watching Tohoku. With scheduled visits by scientists, politicians, Japan's prime minister and even Emperor, the importance of this event can not be underestimated. It is hoped the lessons learned from the 11 March 2011 disaster and its aftermath will be shared in order to reduce the risk of disasters and save lives around the globe.

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Justin Velgus

Justin Velgus @justin.velgus

Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai.   Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.

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Hiroko Maruya 5 years ago
I saw many foreigners riding Date bikes during the conference. It took long hard time to get conclusion but they seemed to enjoy staying in Sendai. I was happy to see them.
Sherilyn Siy 5 years ago
I heard that it was a very fruitful event!