Noda, Yingluck vow disaster-preparedness

Kyodo

Japan and Thailand agreed Wednesday to cooperate closely on disaster management to ensure their economies become more resilient and interdependent.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Thai counterpart, Yingluck Shinawatra, released a joint statement after their talks in Tokyo, in which they highlighted the importance of bolstering their strategic partnership in areas other than the economy, such as security and regional affairs.

Ahead of the meeting, industry minister Yukio Edano met with Yingluck and proposed that Thailand use a Japanese observation satellite to help avoid a recurrence of the damage caused by the massive floods last year.

Yingluck’s trip to Japan is her first since being appointed as Thailand’s first female prime minister last August. Her visit coincides with the 125th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the Asian counties, both hit hard by natural disasters last year.

Noda and Yingluck “affirmed their determination to cooperate with each other to revive and further develop a more resilient industrial base and supply chain in Thailand,” said the statement, subtitled “fostering confidence beyond the disasters.”

The two countries have been working together to develop a master plan on flood control measures.

In addition to renewing Tokyo’s pledge to assist Bangkok in strengthening disaster preparedness, Noda told her that Japanese infrastructure- and space-related technologies would contribute to the development of its economy.