June Disaster Preparedness Workshop – Report and Materials

Japan-U.S.-South Korea Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Workshop: Deployment, Execution, Transition


June 5-6, 2012 | Tokyo Foundation | Tokyo, Japan


Representative Akihisa Nagashima, Diet of Japan, Presents on Japan Partnering and Lessons from 3/11

Peace Winds America is pleased to report the successful conclusion of a two-day disaster preparedness workshop as part of its ongoing Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative.  Hosted by the Tokyo Foundation and carried out in collaboration with our ongoing Initiative partners, this workshop build on the other recent Initiative events: the September 2011 workshop on “policies, procedures and partners” and two policy forums held in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo in February.

Continuing with many of themes addressed in the September workshop, this event looked at the full spectrum of natural disaster responses, from preparedness beforehand to on-the-ground deployment of resources, partnering in relief and through the transition to recovery and reconstruction.  With a mix of expert presentations, panel discussions, small group work and an interactive disaster simulation the workshop hit key issues such as on-site operations and logistics centers, aspects of partnering with U.S. or Japanese military assets, disaster needs assessments, NGO interactions, host nation considerations and the potential and challenges of recovery.  Senior officials provided retrospective lessons learned and current assessments of the relief and recovery efforts following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, maintaining continuity with earlier PWA events exploring this crucial topic.

Headquarters and Operations Centers Panel. From Left: Ted Shaw, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, Lt. Col. Hiroyuki Kanemura, Central Readiness Force, Masaki Watabe, UNOCHA, and Samir Wanmali, World Food Programme

As with previous Initiative programs, the June disaster preparedness workshop owed its success to the superb caliber of its participants, presenters and collaborators.  A core tenet of the Civil-Military Initiative is the need to have input and buy-in from all the key regional stakeholders: governments and assistance agencies, militaries, NGOs, the private sector and the host nations.  This workshop saw these groups well represented.  Japan’s government participation included the Diet and Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan International Cooperation Agency while its military was represented by the Ministry of Defense International Operations Division, International Cooperation Office, Defense Plans and Policy Office, Defense Operations Division, Central Readiness Force, Ground Staff Office and National Defense University.  The U.S. government representatives included the U.S. Embassy Tokyo and USAID, with armed forces participation coming from the Department of Defense East Asia Office, U.S. Forces Japan Deputy Commander, J5 Plans and Policy, J4 Logistics, Commander, Naval Forces Japan, U.S. Army Japan, III Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Pacific Command.  The Republic of Korea had representation through its Ministry of National Defense U.S. Policy Division, with consultation beforehand from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Experts from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and World Food Programme represented the UN.  Numerous NGOs and private sector representatives took part as well, including Japan Platform, the Asian Disaster Reduction Center, Civic Force, International Medical Corps, Save the Children, Samaritan’s Purse, Hitachi Corporation and more.

Peace Winds America wishes to thank its partners and participants for ensuring a highly instructive and engaging workshop and looks forward the next steps in the Civil-Military Initiative.

Lt. Col. Michael Pelak, III Marine Expeditionary Force, discusses needs assessments

Brig. Gen. William Crowe, Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Japan speaks on partnering with the U.S. military

Kae Yanagisawa, Secretary General of JICA’s Japan Disaster Relief Team addresses the workshop on host nations in disaster.

Workshop Materials

PWA is pleased to provide binder materials, presentations and an attendee list.  File are zipped; contents in .pdf, .docx or .pptx formats.

Binder Materials: Includes attendees, agenda and disaster simulation exercise:  http://peacewindsamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Binder-Materials-Web2.zip.

Day 1 Presentationshttp://peacewindsamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Day-1-Web.zip.

Day 2 Presentationshttp://peacewindsamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Day-2-Web.zip.


Peace Winds America gratefully wishes to acknowledge program support from the Tokyo Foundation, Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, Hitachi, Ltd. and Akira Co., Ltd.

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