September Civil-Military Workshop Report

The Japan-U.S.-South Korea Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Workshop: Policies, Procedures and Partners

September 27-29, 2011 | U.S. Embassy, Tokyo



The Workshop reception was hosted at the Ambassador's residence. From left: Dr. Charles Aanenson, Peace Winds America CEO, Lt. General Gregson, Hiroe Makiyama, Member Japan House of Councillors, Lt. General Noboru Yamaguchi, Dr. Tsuneo Watanabe, Tokyo Foundation

Hosted by Peace Winds America and the United States Embassy in Japan, the Japan-U.S.-South Korea Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Workshop marked a fruitful and productive installment of the ongoing PWA Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative. The Workshop brought together senior leaders from a wide variety of government, NGO and private sector sources to discuss disaster preparedness and response policies, analyze case studies, improve communication and coordination and look ahead to future multilateral operations. Government representation at the Workshop included the Cabinet Office of Japan, the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Agency, the United States Departments of State and International Development, the Republic of Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the United Nations World Food Programme and High Commissioner for Refugees. Military personnel at the Workshop represented the Japan Ministry of Defense, Japan National Defense Academy, United States Forces Japan, III Marine Expeditionary Force, US Army Japan, US Air Force, US Pacific Fleet, US Department of Defense and Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense. NGO participants included International Medical Corps, International Committee of the the Red Cross/Red Crescent, Samaritan’s Purse, Civic Force, AAR, Japan Platform, Tokyo Foundation, International Christian University and Japan Red Cross. Private Sector participation came from Sojitz, Boeing Japan, Raytheon, Hitachi, KKE and Booz Allen Hamilton.


Gen Field

Lt. General Burton Field, Commander, U.S. Forces Japan spoke at the reception.

Ambassador's Reception

At the Workshop reception. From left: Mr. Fumitoshi Emura, Hitachi Ltd., U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos, Ms. Sachi Miyazaki, Daiwa House, Mr. Masaaki Ohkawa, Itochu Corp., Lt. Gen. Gregson and Dr. Charles Aanenson

In addition to in-depth discussions of HA/DR policies, procedures, mandates and decision trees, this Workshop featured a heavy emphasis on past case studies, including a full day devoted to the response to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The Workshop provided a unique opportunity for responders to the disaster to discuss collaboration, lessons learned and hear each other’s experiences. Beyond Tohoku, a session on disaster risk reduction paved the way for a frank discussion of how to lessen and mitigate future disasters. Based on the strides made at this Workshop and the positive response of our participants, Peace Winds America looks forward to the next events in our Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative.

Workshop Materials


Peace Winds America is pleased to make available presentations and other materials from the workshop.

Binder Materials: Includes Workshop agenda, participant list, policies/mandates document. Click here to download.
Day 1: Includes PWA disaster data presentation, Japan MOD policies, USAID policies, WFP policies and IMC policies. Click here to download.
Day 2: Includes Republic of Korea policies, JICA Indonesia/China/NZ case studies, Tohoku presentations from Japan Cabinet Office, Civic Force, Japan MOD, Japan Red Cross, AAR and Hitachi (27 MB). Click here to download.
Day 3: Includes Tohoku presentations from USFJ, III MEF, MOFAT, WFP, Samaritan’s Purse, IMC, Disaster Risk Reduction presentations from USAID, JICA, WFP and ADRC (31 MB). Click here to download.

Peace Winds America gratefully acknowledges program support from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and Boeing Japan. For more information about this event or the Civil-Military Initiative, contact Jon Ehrenfeld.

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