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Sendai training foreign residents to be leaders in time of disasters | JT

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The Sendai tourist organization held a training session Saturday to prepare some foreign residents in the city to come to be leaders that can assist others from abroad in the occasion of an all-natural calamity.

The Sendai Tourism, Convention and also International Association hopes foreign residents with great Japanese-language abilities will certainly share details, such as discharge guidelines from federal government entities, to those with inadequate Japanese abilities.

An overall of 25 Sendai residents with origins in over 15 nations consisting of China, South Korea, and also Vietnam participated in Saturday’s session, that included a lecture by Shunwai Tan, a calamity monitoring leader from Soja, Okayama Prefecture.

Tan, a 46-year-old male from Brazil, shared his experience of equating discharge details right into numerous languages and also spreading it via social media sites when hefty rainfalls and also flooding ravaged western Japan in 2018.

“Foreigners are not weak. We can be on the side of supporting others,” Tan stated.

Hazem Abbas from Egypt, that is researching at a graduate college of Tohoku University, was one more individual in the training session.

“After hearing the story of (Tan) serving as a disaster management leader, I became able to imagine myself (in that role),” Abbas stated. Both Tan and also Abbas talked in Japanese.

According to the Sendai Municipal Government, 13,746 foreign nationals, consisting of pupils, stay in the Miyagi Prefecture resources, out of a populace of 1.09 million as of July 1. But the community is not positive sufficient that discharge details will certainly reach them in times of calamity.

“We are hoping they will learn how people should act when natural disasters occur and support others in times of contingencies,” an authorities of the organization stated.

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The following training session will certainly be held in August, throughout which individuals are anticipated to check out positions assigned as discharge sanctuaries in the city, according to the organization.

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