Keynote Speech

International residents in Japan and disaster situations


A symposium for disaster prevention, mitigation, and reconstruction was held in Kobe, an international city where people from all over the world live, and where the lessons of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake persist. The theme of the event was the importance of “coexistence” for the future of our society. In this day and age where natural disasters occur frequently both in Japan and overseas, it was an event where Japanese students, international students and residents studying in Kobe as well as those dedicated to the Kobe reconstruction effort could create a dialogue that would transcend generations and nationalities. The president of Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), Mr. Katsuhiro Endo participated as keynote speaker and commentator.

1. Date and Time

Saturday, February 3, 2018 1:00pm-5:00pm

2. Venue

3F Multi-purpose Hall, Hyogo International House
1-2-8 Wakinohamacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo

3. Organizer

G-Navi Council, The Consortium of Universitied in Hyogo

4. Program

1:00pm-2:15pm Session1 : Keynote Speech

Toward an Age of ‘Coexistence’ Learned from the Great Hanshin Earthquake
Mr. Katsuhiro Endo (President of Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), Former General Manager of Kobe Branch, the Bank of Japan)

2:25pm-2:45pm Session2: International residents in Japan and disaster situations

Ms. Roxana Angelica Ajipe Oshiro (Representative, Hyogo Latin Community (HIC))

2:50pm-5:00pm Session3: Voices of high school and college students on disaster mitigation and aid provision

1. Student from Maiko Prefectural High School
2. Students from Kobe Municipal Fukiai High School
3. CODE Future Fund
4. CODE Future Fund / Kobe University student
Commentator : Mr. Katsuhiro Endo, Ms. Roxana Oshiro, Mr. Ryosuke Aota (Professor, Graduate School of Disaster Resilience and Governance, University of Hyogo), Mr. Bakir Krajinovic (Expert Associates, Federal Hydrometeorological Institute)
Facilitator : Mr. Akira Miyasada (Representative, Authorized NPO ‘Machi Communication’)

5. Application fee


6. Number of Participants


7. Language

Simultaneous interpretation provided: Japanese and English (by Kobe College)

8. Details