Japanese Red Cross Society signs service cooperation agreement with Japanese Coast Guard

Published: 17 April 2015 5:37 CET

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) and Japan Coast Guard (JCG) recently signed a service cooperation agreement which aimed at establishing procedures for effective relief activities and protection of victims in times of large scale disasters. As part of the agreement, the JCG will use its ships and airplanes to transport JRCS’s relief teams and supplies to disaster-affected areas. The agreement makes it possible for JRCS and JCG to cooperate without regional restrictions, which facilitates timely and adequate provision of relief activity and protection to disaster victims.

Regional agreements already exist between each Chapter of JRCS and the JCG’s local offices  in response to regional disasters, where joint-trainings were conducted as part of the cooperation. The new agreement is aimed at preparing for large-scale disasters affecting an extensive area, such as the Nankai Trough Earthquake and earthquakes directly below Tokyo.

The JRCS and JCG will establish a communication system to ensure that the most recent information is available. When a large-scale disaster occurs, JCG will respond to requests from JRCS to carry out the transportation of relief items and supplies using their ships and airplanes. The National Society will provide initial medical treatment activities, while the JCG will transport the sick and wounded.  

At the signing ceremony, JCRS President, Tadateru Konoe, said, “Relief and recovery teams sometimes face the challenge of reaching disaster-affected areas, especially if the land-route is blocked. With this agreement it is possible to provide large-scale response by using ships and airplanes.”

Yuji Sato, Chief of the JCG, expressed his expectations by saying that while JCG has the power of mobility, JCRS has the skills to provide medical treatment. “If we use these capacities in cooperation with each other, we will be able to provide quick and proper relief and carry out our rescue operations more effectively.”