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12/06/2012

Prefecture signed a cooperative agreement with funeral directors to prepare for disasters

On November 20, the Shiga Prefectural Government signed a cooperative agreement with the Shiga Funeral Directors Association and the All Japan Funeral Directors Co-Operation, aimed at preparing for disasters. The agreement is to facilitate cooperation among the three parties to protect human dignity in case of large-scale disasters, asking the funeral industry to provide coffins and to transport remains.

The signing ceremony was held at the Governor's Residence, where Governor Yukiko Kada, Chairperson Hideki Kikawa of the Association, and President Akinori Matsui of the Co-Operation attended. Governor Kada showed her gratitude. "The citizens would feel reassured by your help to protect the dignity of corpses. I deeply thank you." In response to that, Chairperson Kikawa and President Matsui said, "we hope no disaster will occur in the future, but once it happens, we will try our best to assist the prefecture."

The same agreements have already been signed in 27 prefectures including Shiga. In the past, two parties, which are a prefecture and a local-level funeral directors association, signed the agreement. Since the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, however, it has become trendy that All Japan Funeral Directors Co-Operation, a national-level organization that consists of about 1,400 funeral directors, is involved in the agreement.

(November 22, 2012, Mainichi Shimbun)

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