ARISE Japan Public Symposium 2023: Investment into disaster resilience: The many forms of private sector DRR engagement

Organizer(s) ARISE Japan United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Kobe Office Survey Research Center Co., Ltd. Kokusai Kogyo Co, Ltd.

Hybrid (Asakusa-bashi venue and Zoom online)



16.00-17.30 JST (Room opens 15:45)


The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which has spearheaded the multistakeholder collaboration evident in many global agendas such as the SDGs and the Paris Agreement, is at its mid-term turning point. One of the Sendai Framework Priority for Action is investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience, and the Framework calls for all stakeholders to identify possible forms of investment into resilience, and implement them.

This year’s ARISE Japan Public Symposium draws attention to the two key forms of investment into disaster resilience seen among the private sector: a) investments that are part of businesses’ own management strategy, to strengthen resilience of its business continuity, assets, and facilities; and b) investments towards innovating, developing and providing products and services that contribute to resilience of society at large. The event will discuss how these private sector investments contribute to turn understanding of risk into DRR action, through good practice examples.

Tentative Programme

Note: The event language will be Japanese.

16:00  Welcome remarks from ARISE Japan

Mr. Masato Takamatsu, ARISE Japan Lead; President, Tourism Resilience Japan

16:05 Message from UNDRR

16:10 Keynote: How can businesses prepare for mega-disasters?

Dr. Satoru Nishikawa, Professor, Disaster Mitigation Research Center, Nagoya University

Good practice examples 

16:35 Towards coordinated resilience and business continuity planning at industrial zones

Mr. Morikazu Abe, Director, Denso Toyohashi Plant; Chairman, Akemi District DRR Communication Council

16:45 Status of Fujiwara Techno-Art's efforts to strengthen its business continuity capabilities

Ms. Kana Fujiwara, Vice President, Fujiwara Techno-Art Co., Ltd.

16:55 Assisting foreign nationals in emergencies through multilingual communication

Ms. Aya Kitabeppu, Director, Global Business Headquarters, BRICK’s Corporation

17:05 Supporting LG promotion of individual evacuation planning

Ms. Noriko Ohnuma, Assistant Chief, Technical Promotion Department, Technical Division, Japan Conservation Engineers & Co., LTD.

17:15 How businesses invest in DRR

Mr. Satoshi Hijikata, ARISE Board member; President, Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.

17:25 Wrap-up and closing remarks

Ms. Yuki Matsuoka, Head, UNDRR Kobe Office

Supporting Organizations

  • Association for Resilience Japan (ARJ)
  • Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ)
  • Japan Bosai Platform (JBP)


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