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[Event Report] "BOSAI" Seminar for YNU International Student

On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, the International Student Support Section held an online seminar on "BOSAI(disaster prevention)" for international students with the cooperation of NHK. Due to its climatic and geographical conditions, Japan is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, typhoons, and heavy rains. This seminar was planned to raise awareness of disaster prevention for international students, especially for those who come from countries and regions that do not experience disasters like Japan.

The seminar was led by Mr. StuartO, who is widely active as a narrator for NHK WORLD and other overseas broadcast programs. The participants learned what disaster prevention supplies to prepare, where to contact in case of an emergency, and how to gather information in case of a disaster.

For foreigners living in Japan, there are issues such as delayed evacuation due to language barriers and lack of information that prevents them from receiving necessary support. In this seminar, we were introduced to useful NHK content that provides disaster information in a way that is easier to understand, especially for international students whose mother language is not Japanese.

The seminar was attended by about 30 people, and participants commented, "I attended this seminar to learn how to act before/during/after a disaster and what I should be careful about. I hope that YNU will hold similar events in the future ".

The International Student Support Section will continue to hold disaster prevention seminars for international students in conjunction with the new school year, as well as other events to raise awareness of disaster prevention.

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Information about disasters is available in many languages.

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