Overview of the event

Overview of the event

  • Name

    High School Students Summit on “World Tsunami Awareness Day” 2022 in Niigata

  • Date

    October 19 (Wednesday) – October 20 (Thursday) 2022 (Application deadline: Thursday, October 13)

  • Venue

    Toki Messe, Niigata Convention Center, Exhibition Hall
    (Bandaijima 6-1, Chuo-ku, Niigata City)

  • Organizers

    Niigata Prefectural Government, Niigata Prefectural Board of Education, Niigata City, Niigata City Board of Education

  • Co-organizer

    United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Office in Japan

  • Sponsor

    Niigata Municipal Development Corporation

  • Supporting Organizations

    National Resilience Promotion Headquarters / Director General for Disaster Management, Cabinet Office of Japan / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan / Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology / Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and ourism of Japan / Japan Meteorological Agency / Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) / Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia(ERIA)

Venue overview

Name of facility Toki Messe, Niigata Convention Center, Exhibition Hall
location 950-0078 Bandaijima 6-1, Chuo-ku, Niigata City
phone number 025-246-8400
Official site https://www.tokimesse.com/english/

Traffic access

General Theme

“The Power for Reconstruction : Experiences and Lessons for the World”
-Disaster Risk Reduction: Lessons from Snow Country’s Tasukeai, the Spirit of Helping One Another-


  • Understanding Disasters and Improving your Survival Abilities

         In order to make rational decisions about disasters and evacuation, we will reflect on previous disasters and the people who experienced them, and deepen our understanding about the mechanisms of disaster occurrence, while learning how to protect ourselves from disasters, and proactively taking actions to ensure our safety.

  • Reducing Disaster Risks

         On the presumption that it is impossible to completely prevent natural hazards, we will aim to decrease the likelihood of their occurrence, and minimize damage in the event of a natural hazard.

  • Taking Steps towards Building Back Better

         We will create stronger regional communities through actively participating in and cooperating with activities at schools and in our communities for restoration and reconstruction, and cooperate beyond borders towards reconstruction.


     The resolution to designate November 5 as “World Tsunami Awareness Day,” advocated by Japan and later jointly proposed by 142 countries including Japan, was adopted by consensus at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in December 2015, with the goal of raising understanding about the threat of tsunamis and measures that can be taken to prepare against them.
     Since 2016, the year following the adoption of World Tsunami Awareness Day, the High School Students Summit on “World Tsunami Awareness Day” has been held annually, and serves as a platform for high school students around the globe to learn about the threat of tsunamis and the measures that can be taken against them. In subsequent years, many declarations have been adopted: the “Kuroshio Declaration” in Kochi Prefecture in 2016, the “Ambassador’s Note” in Okinawa Prefecture in 2017, the “Inamura-no-Hi Declaration” in Wakayama Prefecture in 2018, and the “Irankarapte Declaration” in Hokkaido in 2019.
     In 2018, there were large natural hazards of all types, including the earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi in Indonesia, as well as other volcanic eruptions, floods, and forest fires around the world. These disasters have become a great barrier to sustainable development worldwide. Reducing our vulnerability to these disasters and mitigating the damage they cause is an important topic of interest in our global society.
     In Niigata, Japan, we enjoy the many benefits of our natural resources from the mountains and the ocean, and the plentiful snowmelt that helps our agriculture to flourish and helps to grow our natural environment. However, our topography and climate have also made Niigata a place prone to a variety of natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, and heavy snowfall. The prefecture has a history of being hit by a variety of natural hazards.
     The 1964 Niigata earthquake created a tsunami and caused soil liquefaction, causing serious damages both along the coastline and in low-lying inland areas. Then again in 2004, the Chuetsu Earthquake struck with a reading of 7 on the Japanese shindo earthquake scale (or a moment magnitude of 6.6), and a great number of lives were lost in the resulting large-scale landslides in the mountainous regions that hold much of our traditional Japanese landscape such as farmland and rice terraces.
     In the midst of the suffering and pain experienced by the victims of these disasters, their desire to help one another and their kizuna, their connections to each other, became the seeds for recovery and reconstruction. The “Reconstruction Prayer Phoenix Firework,” which holds the prayers to rebuild after the Chuetsu earthquake and to rise like a phoenix no matter how many disasters occur, is a symbol of recovery after the disaster.
     In January of this year, Tonga suffered immense damage in low-lying coastal areas caused by an undersea volcanic eruption, said to occur only once in a few decades. Along with the recovery from damage caused by the Niigata Earthquake in coastal areas and inland areas at sea level, these instances serve as lessons to be discussed with other Asian and Pacific nations at this summit. In order to make use of these lessons for disaster preparedness and mitigation in each country, we must ensure that our memories of these disasters do not fade, and that our experiences and the lessons we learned are passed on to the next generation.
     This year, the High School Students Summit on “World Tsunami Awareness Day” 2022 will be held in Niigata, and aims to foster the growth of new leaders who will play a central role in protecting citizens’ lives, livelihoods and assets from earthquakes, tsunamis and other disasters, while minimizing the impacts of disasters
     on daily life and the economy by contributing to the resilience of their societies. The event will further deepen the kizuna, or “bonds,” between each country.


     This time, participants from overseas will participate online, and high school students and international students in Japan will actually gather at the venue in a “hybrid format”. If you would like to visit or view the exhibition as a general public, please apply here.



Schedule in Japan Time

19 October 19
9:00-9:35 Workshops(Icebreakers)
9:55-12:25 Workshops(Presentations and Discussions)
12:25-13:10 lunch
13:10-14:00 Workshops(Discussions and Summarization)
14:00-14:45 Opening Ceremony
14:50-15:10 Commemorative Photograph
15:20-16:40 Workshops(Discussions and Summarization)
16:45-17:10 Study Tour Report
18:40-19:40 Exchange Meeting
20 October 20
9:00- 9:30 Commemorative Tree Planting Ceremony
10:00-12:00 General Meeting and Closing Ceremony


  • Niigata Prefectural Niigata High School
    Bunou OTOKAWA(2nd grade)
  • Niigata Meikun High School
    Chiharu SEKI(2nd grade)

The two Chairpersons will act as facilitators of the General Assembly.


  • Niigata Municipal Koshi High School
    Hinako AKAGAWA(5nd grade)
  • Niigata Prefectural Niigata Minami High School
    Haruto KOBAYASHI(2nd grade)

The two MCs will be responsible for the opening ceremony, exchange meeting, commemorative tree planting/monument unveiling ceremony, and closing ceremony.