The UNDRR liaison office in Japan works closely with the Japanese Government and other institutions that have extensive experience and expertise in disaster risk reduction (DRR) to support other partners around the world to reduce disaster risk and build resilience.

The office looks after the Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments online platform so that non-governmental stakeholders can also contribute to and be recognised for their efforts in implementing the Sendai Framework. 

The office also promotes collaboration with Japan-based institutions such as government agencies, academic and research institutions, the private sector, and civil societies, facilitating their contribution to global and regional DRR efforts and linking their experiences, technology and innovation to other countries’ and regions’ needs.

Contact us

DRI-East 5F
1-5-2 Wakinohama-Kaigan-dori
Kobe-City, Japan
Phone: +81 782625550

News and events

Sandra Wu (far right), Chairperson and CEO of Kokusai Kogyo Co. Ltd. and Chair of UNISDR's Private Sector Advisory Group., and Ms. Yuki Matsuoka, UNISDR,  provided briefing on UNISDR initiatives as the members discussed how they can contribute towards the WCDRR. (Photo: UNISDR/Yuki Matsuoka)
The ranks of UNISDR’s Private Sector Partnership (PSP) have swollen in Japan thanks to the admission of nine new companies and a business federation, the Keidanren, which represents more than 1,300 firms and 112 business associations. In addition, more than 10 companies are poised to join.
(From left) Japanese Ambassador, Takashi Okada, UNISDR Head of Regional Programmes, Neil McFarlane, Vice-Governor Fukushima Prefecture, Fumio Murata, and Dr. Maria Neira, Director Public Health and Environment, WHO,  at a seminar for diplomats on Fukushima and the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. (Photo: UNISDR)
Rice and sake from Fukushima are part of a charm offensive currently underway by the office of the Governor of Fukushima as Japan prepares to host the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March, 2015.
Lift off: Japan’s DAICHI-2 will conduct a series of health checks on vulnerable and exposed parts of the world. (Photo: Yuki Matsuoka)
The launch of a new satellite to conduct ‘health checks’ on some of the earth’s most vulnerable and exposed regions marks a new era of disaster risk monitoring.
The Secretary-General of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, Ambassador Iwatani Shigeo, said disaster management was a key area of cooperation in Northeast Asia.
Cooperation in disaster management is a key element of building peace and prosperity in North-East Asia, a high-level regional conference has been told.
Dr Haksu Kim, senior advisor at the Korean International Cooperation Agency (left) and Pak Sugeng Triutomo, former Vice Chief of Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management (BNBP) share the top table during discussions to strengthen cooperation at Expert Meeting on Disaster Loss.
Disaster experts from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea today agreed to launch joint research aimed at enhancing the compatibility of disaster data and terminology across North-East Asia.
Mongolia’s NEMA Chief Mr Dulamdorj Togooch (left) said the HFA had enabled his country to ‘achieve several positive outcomes’.
Senior disaster management officials and experts from across North-East Asia today endorsed the Hyogo Framework for Action as a consistent and guiding force for national progress in disaster risk reduction.
Just over a year ago, UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström welcomed the Mayor of Sendai, Emiko Okuyama, to the Making Cities Resilient Campaign with a certificate of recognition on the importance of political leadership in building disaster resilient societies.Today on the 3rd anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Mayor Okuyama, said the pace of recovery is speeding up.
Three years on, the pain has not diminished. Today, the whole of Japan is remembering the day of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The confirmed death toll stands at 15,884 with 2,633 missing and 267,000 people are living as evacuees.
UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlstrom is pictured here with Japan's first ever Minister for Building National Resilience, Keiji Furuya, who is also Minister for Disaster Management.
For the third time in thirty years, Japan is preparing to host a World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
Junior high school student Takuro Suzuki with his three class mates share their experiences and a vision for an inclusive community.
– Filled with the desire to share his story, a young wheelchair user, together with his three classmates, shared his experience and vision for a more inclusive and safer community for everyone. “Supporting each other is very important, as I always experienced in my school. I wish that such support will emanate not just in a school, but also throughout a community,” said Mr. Takuro Suzuki who is a third year in a junior high school. “This would contribute to building an inclusive community where everyone, including persons with disability and elderly, feels comfortable to live safely.”
<b>Inclusive development: </b>Ms Wahlström was impressed with Mayor Toba’s vision for the reconstruction of Rikuzentakata city.
The Mayor of a Japanese city devastated by the March 2011 tsunami aims to make his municipality a global leader of inclusive redevelopment. Mr Futoshi Toba, the Mayor of Rikuzenkata City in Iwate prefecture, said: “We can start from zero and make sure that every citizen is integrated in the planning and reconstruction process, in particular those persons with disabilities and the elderly people who were the most exposed by the 11 March disaster.” The Mayor was speaking during the visit of Ms Margareta Wahlström, the Head of the UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). “Rikuzentakata has the opportunity to become a model city for the world,” the Mayor said. “Our city will have a lot to showcase on inclusive reconstruction processes that can help other cities in the world to be better prepared against disasters. We hope to share this experience to the world.”
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DRR in Japan

The Hyogo prefecture went through a dramatic recovery process after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (the Kobe Earthquake) in January 1995, that killed more than 6,400 people. Through the experiences and lessons learned, Hyogo led research, education and international cooperation on DRR. 

In January 2005, the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) was organized by UNDRR (then ISDR) in Kobe, where more than 168 Governments adopted the “Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters” (HFA). The ten-year plan served as the main policy guidance for countries to develop policies on disaster risk reduction.

Building on this process, “The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030" was adopted as the HFA’s successor at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), held in Sendai in March 2015.