Japan’s Konoe to again head International Red Cross

JIJI

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies re-elected Japan’s Tadateru Konoe as its president Wednesday.

The IFRC hopes to boost its financial base by asking for cooperation from countries including China and Brazil, Konoe said at a press conference after his re-election for a second four-year term at a general meeting in Sydney.

The IFRC will fully assist rescue activities in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, said Konoe, president of the Japanese Red Cross Society.

In 2009, Konoe was elected the first Asian head of the Geneva-based IFRC, a coordinator of assistance for disaster victims and global rescue activities by Red Cross organizations across the world.

During his first term, Konoe called on leaders in disaster-hit Haiti and Pakistan to develop legal systems to facilitate rescue activities. He also encouraged the strengthening of the IFRC’s campaign to abolish nuclear weapons.