World Bosai Forum (General Incorporated Foundation)

World Bosai Forum (General Incorporated Foundation)

Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction (BOSAI) in Japan and the World

Every year, disasters caused by natural hazards occur in various parts of Japan, resulting in the loss of many lives and property. Recent large-scale disasters include the unprecedented Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the Kumamoto Earthquake in 2016, heavy rain the western parts in July 2018, and the Iburi Eastern Earthquake in Hokkaido in 2018. Also, there are such disasters in the world, including the typhoon damage in Tacloban in the Philippines in 2013, hurricane damage in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in 2017, and the Sulawesi Island Earthquake in Indonesia in 2018.

The impact of climate change has already become apparent not only in Japan but around the world, and it is feared that it will become more serious in the future, so adaptation measures are becoming more important than before. Based on the experience and lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake, it is important to revamp Japan's and overseas disaster countermeasures and disaster response measures, as well as the way people and society cope with disasters, create a new paradigm for preparedness against major disasters, and reflect scientific knowledge in disaster prevention, disaster reduction, and reconstruction efforts.

Based on the experiences of the Great East Japan Earthquake and other major disasters around the world, the World Bosai Forum, a general incorporated foundation, believes that research results are valuable only when they are used as policies at various sites and implemented in society.

Furthermore, with the aim of pursuing and sharing BOSAI (disaster risk reduction) solutions among industry, government, academia, and the general public, we will work to disseminate the concept of disaster prevention, mitigation, and reconstruction (Mainstreaming disaster prevention) to policies, societies, and cultures around the world in countries and regions where the concept of BOSAI is lacking.

Greetings from the Founder

In November 2017, the 1st World Bosai Forum was held in Sendai. A total of 42 conference participants from 947 countries and regions around the world attended the event. Including ordinary citizens and those involved in the simultaneous events, more than 10,000 people participated in the event, and it ended with great success. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of you for your cooperation and participation.

The World Bosai Forum was started in the Tohoku region, which experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake, with the hope that no more people would be saddened by the disaster. At the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai in 2015, the "Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction" effective until 2030 was formulated. The purpose of the World Bosai Forum is to promote the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction by proposing solutions to reduce disaster risks in Japan and overseas from various perspectives, learning from each other, and creating new value. In recent years, the philosophy and initiatives of BOSAI have become widely understood around the world, but there are many countries and regions where BOSAI has not taken root. The World Bosai Forum also aims to be the foundation (Platform) for solving this problem.

In December 2018, the "World Bosai Forum Foundation" was established for the smooth operation and further development of the World Bosai Forum. The 2nd World Bosai Forum will be held from November 9-12, 2019. At the 2nd World Bosai Forum, the main body of the forum consists of approximately 50 sessions, and related events such as "Sendai Disaster Prevention Future Forum" and "Earthquake response technology exhibition" will be held at the same time, with the aim of creating a synergistic effect of disaster prevention. We also hope that visitors from afar will see the eight and a half years of recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and enjoy the beautiful autumn of Tohoku.

We look forward to your participation in the 2nd World Bosai Forum.

Yuichi Ono

Yuichi Ono

Yuichi Ono
Ph.D. in Geography. He specializes in climatology and international disaster risk reduction policy. Worked on international disaster risk reduction policy formulation at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO: Geneva), the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR: Geneva and Bonn), and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP: Bangkok). In 2012, he became a professor at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science at Tohoku University. He also serves as Director of the Global Center for Disaster Statistics. He served as the Secretary-General of the 1st World Bosai Forum and established the General Incorporated Foundation "World Bosai Prevention Forum" in 2018.



World Bosai Forum
468-1 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
December 19, 2018
Founder and CEO
Yuichi Ono
Purpose and Business Profile
The purpose of the World Bosai Forum activities is to disseminate the concept of disaster risk reduction in policies, societies and cultures around the world (Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction). The following projects will contribute to this purpose.
(1)World Bosai Forum
(2)Assessing and analyzing the world's disaster risks and preparing reports
(3)Support for Disaster Risk Reduction Education and Awareness Activities around the World
(4)Other businesses related to the preceding items.


December 19, 2018
Establishment of the World Disaster Prevention Forum



Compliance Personal Information Protection Policy

December 19, 2018

In light of the importance of personal information handled by our business, we have established the Personal Information Protection Policy as follows and will strive to protect personal information appropriately.

1. Acquisition, use and provision of personal information.
To protect personal information, we will comply with internal regulations governing the acquisition, use, and provision of personal information and handle it appropriately.
2. Proper management of personal information.
We will endeavor to prevent and correct unauthorized access, loss, destruction, alteration and leakage of personal information.
3. Compliance with laws and regulations.
We will comply with laws, regulations and other standards concerning the protection of personal information.
4. Continuous improvement.
We will maintain an appropriate system for the protection of personal information and strive to make continuous improvements.

List of Trustees, Directors and Auditors of the World Disaster Prevention Forum

As of December 19, 2018


Yoshiki HIRUMA


Representative Director
Yuichi ONO
Executive Director (Operations)
Executive Director (Finance)
Susumu OHNO
Director General
Fumihiko IMAMURA
Natsuko Ono


Takashi Teshima

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World Bosai Forum Foundation welcomes those of individuals, groups, companies, who agree with our purpose and are willing to support our activities.

1, Large Members
2, Small Members
Membership dues
1, Large Members- 5,000,000 yen
2, Small Members- 50,000 yen per unit
World Bosai Forum Foundation
Tel : +81-22-263-1688

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