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08/04/2013

Disaster risk management: Nagahama City to sign a mutual cooperation agreement with Obu City, Aichi

Nagahama City is to sign a new mutual cooperation agreement with Obu City, Aichi, with the aim of accepting refugees from each other in case of large-scale disasters such as earthquakes and nuclear plant accidents. Mayors from the two cities are going to sign the agreement at Obu City Office on July 26.

Triggered by cultural exchange of the two cities similar to each other in population, the cooperation started in 2006, by signing a mutual aid agreement designed to mutually provide relief goods, human resources, and temporary housing.

Having learned a lesson from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Nagahama City, located relatively close to nuclear plants in Fukui Prefecture, proposed that Obu City accept citizens evacuating Nagahama in case of emergency, which led to the new agreement.

Obu is in the northern part of Chita Peninsula in close proximity to Nagoya City. It takes about 90 minutes from Nagahama to its counterpart by car.

(July 25, 2013, Sankei Shimbun)

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