World Bosai Forum Opens In Sendai

World Bosai Forum opens in Sendai

Experts have gathered in the northern Japanese city of Sendai to share the latest research on disaster mitigation at the World Bosai Forum.

A symposium on Sunday discussed a memorial archive that will be built in Sendai to preserve records of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit the region. The first disaster conference was held in the city two years ago.

Hiroyasu Yamauchi is the deputy chief of the Rias Ark Museum of Art in Kesennuma City, northeast of Sendai.

Yamauchi says it's important to help visitors understand the stories behind the exhibits. Items related to the 2011 disaster are on permanent display at the museum.

The former head of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Kenji Shiga, says that exhibiting the belongings of the deceased encourages people to reflect on what happened.

A researcher from Turkey says there are many earthquakes in her country, and the forum will help her to think of ways to raise young people's awareness of disasters.