Japanese Students Stress Importance of Sharing Disaster Lessons

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New York, Nov. 5 (Jiji Press)--Two Japanese high school students stressed Tuesday the importance of sharing lessons learned from past disasters at a panel discussion to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day, held at the U.N. headquarters in New York.

The two students from Sapporo in Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, who experienced a powerful earthquake in September last year, gave a joint speech at the event.

"We must now create a global awareness of profound effects natural disasters have on families, communities and regions around the world," 16-year-old Wataru Kirikoshi, a first-grader at Sapporo Nihon University Senior High School, said in the speech, delivered in English.

Kirikoshi and Shizuho Ido, 17, a second-grader at Hokkaido Sapporo Intercultural and Technological High School, jointly chaired a high school student summit held in Sapporo in September this year, in which students from home and abroad discussed earthquakes and tsunamis.

The two reported the outcome of the summit at the panel discussion on responses to earthquakes and tsunamis.

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