I am pleased to announce that we will host the High School Students Summit on “World Tsunami Awareness Day” this September in Hokkaido.

“World Tsunami Awareness Day (November 5th)”, which was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2015, derives the anecdote known as “Inamura-no-Hi” in which a villager called Hamaguchi Goryo predicted the tsunami resulting from the Ansei Nankai Earthquake in 1854 based on the traditional knowledge and saved many people’s lives by setting fire to his rice sheaves to guide people to higher grounds.

Since 2016, the year following the designation of “World Tsunami Awareness Day”, the High School Students Summit on “World Tsunami Awareness Day” has been held annually first in Kochi, Okinawa and then Wakayama prefecture to provide opportunities for high school students around the globe to learn about the threat of tsunamis and how to prepare for future disasters.

Hokkaido is a place, full of fascinations such as magnificent natural landscape, excellent food and unique history and culture symbolized by the Ainu indigenous culture, where we welcome a lot of people coming from home and abroad every year, while at times we have come under the threat of natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and snowstorms.

As we have experienced devastating damages caused by large-scale disasters including the 1993 southwest-off Hokkaido earthquake, the 2000 eruption of Mount Usu and the 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake which just occurred last year, we are aware of our responsibility to take advantage of accumulated knowledge and experience of disasters to work toward preventive and risk reduction measures, and to pass those memories of past disasters onto the future generations as valuable lessons.

I am sincerely hopeful for students from all over Japan and around the world participating in the Summit that they can learn about the importance of life and preparedness for future disasters as they are deepening bonds with each other, and they will play leading roles in disaster management in their own countries and areas in the future.


With the aim of deepening their understanding of preventive and risk reduction measures and recoveries from disasters among gathering future generations of high school students world-wide, the High School Students Summit on “World Tsunami Awareness Day” is a meaningful endeavor to provide them with opportunities to advance their mutual understanding and networks on the global scale by discussing what they should do and can do to save lives from natural disasters and work toward building back better in recovery.

This year’s Summit will be held on the largest scale ever with the number of more than 400 participating high school students from home and abroad. Among 17 participating schools from Hokkaido, two students will serve as chairpersons of the Summit. And all those students from Hokkaido will help facilitate the Summit, planned attractions and study tours, and welcome all the students from outside Hokkaido and abroad. Hopefully it will be a precious opportunity to broaden their views globally and to deepen bonds between each other.

Based on the following three themes, “Obtain knowledge; Passing lessons from the past on to the future”, “Increase awareness; Preparedness for disasters and prompt evacuation” and “Make actions toward building back better in recovery; Contribute to society both from disaster affected people’s and supporter’s points of view”, students themselves will make proposals on what to tackle in the future and send them to the world as their messages.

I sincerely hope that their obtained results will be passed down as their resolution to other students worldwide irrespective of countries and areas and then result in the increased awareness for the threat of tsunamis and the further improvement of life protecting measures against natural disasters on the global scale.

Hello to everyone. I am IDO Shizuho, a second-year student of Hokkaido Sapporo Intercultural and Technological High School.

This year’s the fourth High School Students Summit on “World Tsunami Awareness Day” will attract the largest ever participation and as many as 400 high school students will gather for the event from around the world. I strongly believe that it will provide us with a precious occasion where students from different backgrounds in language, religion and locality can discuss a wide range of issues from disaster prevention to our future for two days.

To make valuable lessons learned from the Summit contribute to the future of every one of us and lead us to take proactive action, I will do my best to work together with you towards the Summit.

Hokkaido is blessed with unique wild plants and animals, seafood delicacies and abundant nature. Please enjoy the “Northern Land”, Hokkaido and its natural fascinations! I also hope that this Summit will help you to find Hokkaido’s hidden attractions.

Let’s learn, think and act together! I am looking forward to meeting you.

Greetings. My name is KIRIKOSHI Wataru. I am in the first year of Sapporo Nihon University Senior High School.

In the last three occasions of High School Students Summit on “World Tsunami Awareness Day”, how to cope with natural disasters has been intensively discussed. I think that, passing down those achievements in the past, we should put more emphasis on spreading the results of our discussion to the world in this Summit.

We, high school students, are full of youth and energy. Such students will gather in Hokkaido from around the globe, discuss issues regarding disasters and bond with each other across borders.

I strongly hope that every participating student will learn about disaster prevention and risk reduction and mitigation from the 1993 southwest-off Hokkaido earthquake, know more about views and ideas varying from country to country and get a clue to lead to new solutions. And I also expect participants to take what they’ve discussed back home and come up with measures against disasters which will match the conditions of where they live. I believe that the more high-schoolers with understanding of preventing disasters and reducing risks, the more widely the awareness of disasters will spread across through those students.

Hopefully, we can put people of international backgrounds together and make this year’s Summit good opportunities for us to contribute learned lessons to the world by sending our messages as local leading figures in disaster prevention.


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