The 4th Learning from Japan Symposium 2012 was conducted on February, 21st 2012 by Puskris UI in collaboration with Alumni Associations of Japanese Area Studies Postgraduate Program UI and Urban Development Studies Postgraduate Program UI. The symposium that supported by Japan Foundation, aim for sharing experiences and lessons learned from various experts related to disaster management both from the Indonesia and the Japan. The 4th Learning from Japan Symposium focused on disaster at urban area. More than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. Well-run cities can be among the safest places on earth. In the other hand cities can also be the most dangerous places on earth for those who live in an urban environment.
The inaugural session presented three distinguished guest: Prof. Dr. der Soz Gumilar Rusliwa Somantri, Rector of University of Indonesia; Ir. Sugeng Triutomo, DESS, representing the Head of National Agency for Disaster Management; and HE Yoshinori Katori, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Indonesia. Each speaker welcomed everyone to the Symposium and expressed their enthusiasm in attending this event. The symposium that had was structured in three main parts. In the session 1-“National Policy of Disaster Risk Reduction in Urban Areas”, there are Professor Atshusi Tanaka, Dr Suprayoga Hadi, and Ir. Sugeng Triutomo, DESS. At the next session with topic “Framework and Best Practices from the Resilient City”, there are Professor Kimiro Meguro, Ir. Andi Oetomo M.Pl and Mr. Danangsamsu Rizal. And than on the last session: “Community Based Approach on Disaster Preparedness in Urban Area”, there are Irene Sondang M.Si & Komara Djaja Ph.D, Ms. Hening Parlan, and Ms Veronica Dhiana & Mr. Vanji Dwi Prasetyo.
The Learning from Japan 4th Symposium, succeeded in sharing lessons learned from Indonesia and Japan on disaster risk reduction in urban areas. All the speakers invited passionately gave their presentation in this symposium. The speaker with various expertises on disaster issue came from government, university, and NGO’s, both from Indonesia and Japan. This achievement also supported by a large number of participants attended the symposium and showed their enthusiasm during the Q&A session. The participants represented came from academics, students, NGO’s, civil society, and journalist. The other positive achievement is that we succeeded also on conducting an additional scientific activity in this symposium. We opened a research based poster session with the theme of disaster risk reduction in urban areas followed by 12 participants.