Japan, China, S Korea hold ministerial talks on disaster cooperation
Saturday 31st October, 11:53 AM JST
Japan, China and South Korea held a ministerial meeting Saturday in Kobe on strengthening cooperation in disaster preparedness in relation to large-scale typhoons, earthquakes and other calamities. Seiji Maehara, Japan’s state minister in charge of disaster prevention, Luo Pingfei, China’s vice minister of civil affairs, and Park Yeon Soo, administrator of South Korea’s National Emergency Management Agency, took part in the first ministerial meeting of its kind.
They are expected to discuss exchange visits by officials in charge of disaster preparedness and sharing information on measures to improve the earthquake resistance of buildings and facilities. The three agreed to hold regular meetings of the kind that followed the magnitude 8.0 earthquake that hit the western Chinese province of Sichuan on May 12, 2008, leaving more than 88,000 people dead.