By Hiroki Noda
SENDAI, July 3, Kyodo
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Tuesday that Japan will continue to engage in the field of global disaster management at the start of a two-day international disaster conference in northeastern Japan, which was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
"Japan will continue to cooperate with other countries in building disaster-resilient societies around the world," Noda told the World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction.
"It has been more than a year since our country was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011," Noda said. "But no matter how long it has been, we cannot thank people enough for the support and encouragement we have received from all over the world. I would like to thank the world once again."