Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Motohiko Kato held a send-off ceremony for Bruneian participants of the High School Students Summit on World Tsunami Awareness Day 2018.

Five students from Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah will represent the sultanate as youth ambassadors for the two-day event that will take place in Wakayama, Japan.

Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Motohiko Kato (3rd L) with the student delegation from Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah who will be going for the High School Students Summit on World Tsunami Awareness Day 2018 in Wakayama, Japan. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

In his welcoming remarks to the students during the send-off meeting held at the Japan Embassy in Kiulap, the ambassador shared on the importance of preparation and support when any natural disasters happen, not just Tsunami.

“Japanese people worked together to overcome difficulties brought about by disasters. The role of the young people in the community is crucial,” said the ambassador.

He added: “Brunei is lucky to have no serious natural disasters but we don’t know the future especially with the climate change. Instances of heavy rain, flash floods and power cut. What can you do? For the Japanese, they always prepare for emergency food and battery powered radio to get information. They know how to support each other and you need to understand these important things.”

The delegation will be attending the summit from October 31 to November 1 along with some other 450 students from 48 countries to learn about the measures and knowledge for protecting people’s lives from natural disasters.

The summit, which will take place at Wakayam Big Whale, aimed to deepen international understanding and raise awareness on tsunami threats and precautionary measures against it.

The student delegation, who will be accompanied by their teacher Hjh Lenny Hj Othaman, will be attending a commemorative tree planting ceremony on the first day followed by a lecture on Tsunami Disaster Risk Reduction on the final day.

The resolution to designate November 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day was jointly proposed by 142 countries and adopted by consensus at the United Nations General Assembly in December 2015.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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