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Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the deterioration of the recent situation in the Gaza Strip and Japan’s assistance

  1. The Government of Japan deeply deplores the incident where, on 24 July, a large number of casualties including many children were caused in a United Nations-run school used as a shelter for the residents in the Gaza Strip. Such an incident must not be repeated. Japan once again urges all the parties concerned to exercise maximum restraint.

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
Japan delivers radio transmission facility for disaster risk management to Solomon Islands

by George Herming

The Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) today delivered a new radio broadcasting transmission facility to improve Solomon Islands disaster early warning system through the National Broadcaster, SIBC.

The Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Hon. Bradley Tovosia “turned the switch on” after receiving the equipment from Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands, Mr Kenichi Kimiya at the SIBC Transmission Station at the Henderson International Airport today.

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Japan Government Official Visits MAG in the DRC

MAG has hosted a visit from the Japanese Government to see first-hand the impact that Japan’s funding brings to conflict-hit communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Mrs Hanako Nakano, from the Japanese Embassy in Kinshasa, visited MAG’s operations in Kabalo territory, Katanga province earlier this month.

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Ethiopia + 2 others
Japan’s Ambassador Visits South Sudanese Refugees Assisted By WFP In Gambela

ADDIS ABABA – The Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Kazuhiro Suzuki, visited refugee camps in Gambela yesterday (Thursday 17 July) to see how the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing critically-needed food assistance to South Sudanese refugees, thanks to Japan’s contribution of US$4.2 million.

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World + 1 other
Pourquoi il est important de tirer tous les enseignements des grandes catastrophes

World Bank


  • La gestion des risques de catastrophe revêt une importance de plus en plus capitale en raison de la hausse de la densité urbaine à travers le monde.

  • Un nouveau rapport intitulé Learning from Megadisasters aborde les enseignements à tirer du violent tremblement de terre et du tsunami qui ont frappé l'est du Japon en 2011.

  • Même les pays pauvres aux ressources limitées peuvent renforcer leur capacité à se préparer aux catastrophes et à les gérer.

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World + 1 other
Megadisasters – Why Learning Matters

World Bank


  • Disaster risk management is becoming increasingly important as population densities rise in urban areas around the world.

  • A new report, Learning from Megadisasters, shares lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

  • Even poor countries with limited resources can build their capacity to prepare for and cope with disasters.

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Philippines + 5 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 8 - 14 July 2014

Authorities declare a state of calamity as food packs are provided to the 160,000 people affected by the floods in Maguindanao province of the Philippines.

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World + 1 other
Megadesastres: Por qué el aprendizaje es importante

World Bank


  • La gestión del riesgo de desastres está cobrando cada vez más importancia a medida que aumenta la densidad de población en las zonas urbanas en todo el mundo.

  • Un nuevo informe titulado Learning from Megadisasters da a conocer las enseñanzas que dejó el gran terremoto y tsunami de Japón oriental.

  • Incluso los países pobres que tienen recursos limitados pueden desarrollar capacidad de preparación para enfrentar las catástrofes naturales.

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The Government of Japan Supports Star Mountain’s Vocational Training Program by Reconstructing the Building

Today, on July 10, 2014, the opening ceremony of the grant contract of the project for "Reconstructing the Vocational Training Building in the Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center" was held in the Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Ramallah.

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Japan Supports Azzoun and Bidya Municipality Through the Grassroots Assistance

Today, on 25th June, 2014, two opening ceremonies were held in the buildings of the two Municipalities in Bidya & Azzoun. The contracts were signed by Mr. Junya Matsuura,

Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs and the Representative of Japan to the PA, Mr. Nimer Adwan, Mayor of Azzoun Municipality and Mr. Ahmad Abu Safiyeh, Mayor of Bidya, respectively. These two projects are funded by the Government of Japan through Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

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Japan Supports Refugees In Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM – The Japanese government has contributed US$1.4 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food assistance to some 70,000 refugees in north-western Tanzania.

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Typhoon Neoguri challenges preparedness and Japanese Red Cross support

By Midori Tasaka, Japanese Red Cross Society

As Typhoon Neoguri pushed through Japan’s main island, passing Tokyo, the powerful storm provided a key test for early warning systems, upgraded since the 2011 tsunami, and measures put in place by the Japanese Red Cross Society to support the most vulnerable.

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World + 20 others
Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012

The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes describes the distribution and impacts of disasters and highlights measures to increase resilience.

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Somalia + 7 others
10 July 2014: World - ECHO Flash Events

Mexico, Guatemala – Earthquake

• Three people were killed in Mexico and two in Guatemala by the earthquake of 7 July. In Mexico, 9 000 houses and several roads were damaged in 15 municipalities.
In Guatemala, a state of calamity was declared in the affected areas, where approx. 25 000 people have been affected. Out of 1 459 evacuees, 114 remain in temporary shelters.

U.S.A. – Severe Weather

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Typhoon Neoguri in Moonlight (as of 8 July 2014)

Typhoon Neoguri pounded Okinawa and other Western Pacific islands with torrential rain and damaging winds in mid-July 2014, en route to a likely landfall in Japan. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this nighttime image of the storm at 2:07 a.m. Japan Standard Time on July 9, 2014 (17:07 Universal Time on July 8). At the time, Neoguri was a category 2 typhoon moving through the East China Sea.

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Flooding, havoc in Japan as Typhoon Neoguri batters mainland

TOKYO, July 10, 2014 (AFP) - Typhoon Neoguri slammed into the Japanese mainland Thursday bringing widespread flooding, ripping trees from their roots and leaving houses half-buried under mud, as tens of thousands were urged to seek shelter.

The storm, which has left several people dead and a string of damage in its wake, caused havoc in many small communities as residents struggled to keep waves of dirty water from destroying their homes.

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