(5 November, 2018).
The St. Kitts and Nevis delegation to Japan led by Hon. Mark Brantley, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation today had the opportunity to visit the Kyoto University Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) and observed simulation exercises related to disaster risk reduction and management.The DPRI which was established in 1951, is Japan’s premiere research institution on disaster related themes such as earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes/typhoons and flooding at local and global scales. Minister Brantley noted that climate change and the various natural disasters are a serious concern in our region and the presentations and demonstrations were very informative in providing comprehensive hazard reduction strategies that will help both victims and governments.
The delegation later visited the Kyoto Prefectural Advanced Technical College where they observed vocational training in the areas of robotics, architecture, carpentry, computer programming and mechatronics. During the briefing by the officials, the delegation was informed that the institution has been successfully preparing students for employment in the private sector for over seventy years and now offers training programs for persons with disabilities.
Minister Brantley remarked that St. Kitts and Nevis has an interest in advancing vocational studies for young people especially in the areas of science and technology and commended the Prinicipal of the Institute for the tremendous advances made by Japan in these areas.