From Japanese First Responders to the World

by S&R Foundation, International Institute of Global Resilience


Great East Japan Earthquake was a big tragedy but extremely valuable lesson to the world as well. It is critical to integrate Japanese first responders' valuable experience to the systematic knowledge people over the world can share and learn.
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Such big disasters are dotted on the globe and it is inefficient to accumulate the knowledge by the country itself and we should share it internationally for creating more effective and efficient emergency management system. To build an international knowledge system people can learn from it is quite valuable. But it is hard to gain an opportunity to be involved to the international community or to transfer their implicit knowledge to explicit knowledge for Japanese first responders.


As the first step to involve Japanese first responders to the world, we offer a presentation opportunity. We select 10 Japanese First Responders (the applications open to the public) and take them to the conference in U.S. held by International Association of Emergency Managers. The Japanese first responder representatives also join the international first responders' network. They could exchange information so it is great opportunity for not only Japanese but also international professionals.

Long-Term Impact

Japanese first responders get to be involved the international professional emergency management community, that means they gain logical thinking to transfer their implicit knowledge to explicit knowledge and plain English to exchange information or collaborate with international rescue teams. That is "professionalization". We could gain the valuable knowledge from them and build more integrated emergency management system across the world for the future.

Organization Information

S&R Foundation, International Institute of Global Resilience

Project Leader:
Maki Fukami
Washington D.C., United States

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