Overview

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
Chuo-ku
Hyogo
651-0073
Kobe-City, Japan
Phone: +81 782625550
undrr-japan@un.org

News and events

Centuries of disaster resilience work in the uplands area above Toyama City has aimed to work with rather than against nature and the rugged terain. (Photo: Toyama Prefecture)
A 16th century Samurai has left a powerful legacy on the floodplain as well as the battlefield in one of Japan’s most beautiful yet hazardous regions.
Kirin Brewery’s Sendai plant resumed business months after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (Photo: UNISDR)
Four years on from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, the country’s business sector has lived up to its reputation for resilience and shown clearly why disaster preparedness is so important for recovery.
Mr. Kazunori Endo, Director General, Soma Sousou Fishermen’s Cooperative in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture. (Photo: UNISDR)
The fishing industry along the eastern coast of Japan is still reeling from the twin earthquake and tsunami that rocked the region four years ago, demonstrating starkly how disasters can strain key economic sectors and test resilience.
At today's High-Level Dialogue on Mobilizing Women Leaders for DRR, (left) Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director WFP, and the former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen. (Photo: UNISDR)
Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe today announced that boosting women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction would be a key element of the country’s new programme of international support.
Four years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, Sendai is hosting the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which opens this Saturday, 14 March. (Photo: Douglas Sprott via Flickr)
The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today took part in the solemn remembrance ceremony in Tokyo for all those who died in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami which occurred on March 11, 2011.
Participants discuss their company’s measures in resilience and disaster risk reduction. (Photo: UNISDR)
More than 250 representatives from Japan’s business community have held an information-packed session to prepare for next month’s World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will see the adoption of a new global framework to guide risk reduction over the next decade.
A radar image tracks the Category 5 Cyclone Yasi as it makes landfall in northern Queensland, Australia, in 2011. Science and technology has greatly improved hazard mapping.
With fewer than 50 days to go before the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction top scientists have called on governments to put evidence-based disaster risk reduction at the heart of their strategies for sustainable development.
'Our goal was not just recovery, but a form of creative construction with a focus on the 21st century,' says Governor of Hyogo Prefecture Mr Toshizo Ido.
Of the many milestones on the “Road to Sendai,” the Kobe earthquake stands out. The learning from the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake remains relevant today as governments from around the world prepare to meet in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March.
The song ‘Bring Happiness to the World’ has become a rallying call for the city of Kobe. Here children of Nishinada Elementary School perform it at JICA symposium on 18 Jan together with Mr. Usui who made this song two weeks after the earthquake. (Photo: UNISDR)
A firm resolve to build a more resilient future in honour of those who lost their lives in the Kobe earthquake 20 years ago was evident amid the sombre services of remembrance over the weekend.
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.
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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.