Japan wants to share its experience, expertise in disaster risk management with Malaysia


KUALA LUMPUR: The Japanese government has expressed its intention to share experience and expertise in the field of disaster risk management with Malaysia in an effort to reduce the impact of disasters on human beings globally.

Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia Takahashi Katsuhiko said the country of the Rising Sun hoped to develop further cooperation with Malaysia in the field of disaster risk management which would be an important pillar of cooperation between the two countries.

“Like the recent floods that hit Malaysia, I hope we can forge further cooperation as the Japanese government actively shares such experience and expertise globally in efforts to reduce the impact of disasters on people around the world,” he said.

He said this at a press conference on the Japanese Embassy’s Post -Flood Relief Mission in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) at the Malaysia Tourism Center here today.

Takahashi said further assessment is needed to establish a long-term strategy in disaster risk management cooperation between the two countries.

“It is still too early to state specifically what we (the Japanese government) can offer … We need to talk to the Malaysian government to find out what can be done here,” he said.

Meanwhile, Takahashi said Malaysia and Japan had had excellent bilateral relations through the Look East Policy which would celebrate its 40th anniversary this year.

He said the policy provided an opportunity to further strengthen ties through training and interaction programs at the grassroots level as well as cultural exchange among Malaysians and Japanese.

“I am confident that this relationship will continue to grow in the coming year and I look forward to discussing with Malaysian friends how to improve this relationship for future generations,” he said.

Takahashi today attended the Post-Flood Relief Mission event, a collaboration between the Embassy of Japan and MOTAC, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Alumni of the 21st Century ASEAN-Japan Friendship Program Malaysia and Homestay Malaysia.

The mission, which was officiated by Takahashi and MOTAC Secretary -General Datuk Noor Zari Hamat, has raised a total of RM150,000 and will be distributed in the form of cash and flood relief at eight locations in Selangor, Pahang and Negeri Sembilan on Jan 8 and 9.


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