The United Nations conference on reducing disaster risks, to be held in Sendai from March 14 to 18, should serve as an opportunity for Japan to share its experiences in dealing with severe natural disasters, including the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the host city and many other municipalities on the Pacific coastline four years ago.

Japan should do its best to contribute to global efforts to minimize losses from such catastrophes by taking the lead for effective measures to come out of the meeting.

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