Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee will fly to Japan today to participate in a disaster reduction conference.
Brownlee will give a keynote address at the World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in the Tohoku region from 3 to 4 July.
Hosted by the Japanese Government, the conference will be held in the city of Sendai, which was struck by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Over 300 people from 100 countries and international organisations will attend.
Brownlee will discuss lessons learned from the Canterbury earthquakes and disaster reduction measures including preparedness and emergency response.
“Our experiences in Christchurch and with responding to disasters within the wider Pacific region have taught us the value of international cooperation in disaster emergency response, prevention and recovery,” Brownlee said.
“The help Christchurch received from overseas, including from Japan, in February last year was immense. We want now to learn from and contribute to international research and action plans that will enable all our communities to be better prepared to withstand and recover from these calamities.”
While in Japan Brownlee will have separate meetings with his Japanese counterparts Reconstruction Minister Tatsuo Hirano and Transport Minister Yuichiro Hata, other senior Japanese policy makers, scientists and academics. He will also visit the Shimizu Corporation in Tokyo, a leading company involved in disaster prevention technology.