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Let's join the Disaster Prevention Language Volunteer!

Min-ji came to Japan from Korea when she was a college student. She has been living in Japan for 10 years. Fernando is Min-ji's coworker. He's good at Japanese, but it hasn't even been 1 year since he came to Japan from Spain.
Min-ji and Fernando are walking together. Looking at a poster in the city, Fernando says:

Fernando

January 17th is "Disaster Prevention and Volunteer Day". Oh, I didn't know that.

Min-ji

"Disaster Prevention and Volunteer Day" came about because of the Great Hanshin/Awaji Earthquake of January 17th, 1995. January 15th to the 21st is "Disaster Prevention and Volunteer Week". So, it's a time to think about what volunteer work we can do together in case of a disaster, as well as what disaster-prevention activities we can do ourselves on a regular basis.

Fernando

Wow! You know your stuff, Min-ji-san!

Min-ji

Actually, I'm a registered Tokyo Metropolitan Government Disaster Prevention Language Volunteer.

Fernando

What is Disaster Prevention Language Volunteer?

Min-ji

When a large-scale disaster occurs in Tokyo, we volunteers will help foreigners affected. There are about 400,000 foreigners living in the city. Of course there are those who aren't so good at Japanese, right?

Fernando

I suppose so.

Min-ji

In the event of a big disaster, I think it's difficult for those people to get accurate information. Even though they speak and understand Japanese a bit, they can get confused and have difficulty communicating in Japanese.

Fernando

I see. So Disaster Prevention Language Volunteers help those people.

Min-ji

That's exactly right! When a disaster occurs, we help with interpreting, translating, consulting, etc. at Tokyo Metropolitan Disaster Information Center for Foreign Residents or the region's evacuation shelter, disaster volunteer center, and hospitals.

Fernando

If they can speak their native language, they'll get some peace of mind. It's really important volunteer work.

Fernando looks interested in Disaster Prevention Language Volunteer.

Fernando

I've never volunteered, before, is that ok?

Min-ji

You can learn the basics, take training workshops, and participate in disaster drills.

Fernando

Oh really? Once I get used to living in Japan, I want to join the Disaster Prevention Language Volunteer.

Min-ji

Yeah, please apply. I think it would be good for foreigners living in Tokyo to do Disaster Prevention Language Volunteer work. So each of them can use their respective native languages to help others, and deepen their knowledge of disaster prevention through disaster drills or training workshops.

Fernando

Are there any requirements to apply?

Min-ji

In order to apply, you need to be over 18 and under 70. Also, so you can provide help immediately in case of a disaster, you must either live, work, or go to school in Tokyo. So, when a disaster happens, one must know enough Japanese to speak and listen to others. Please ask the city of Tokyo to know more.

Fernando

Ok, thanks for informing me all sorts of stuff!

For more information about Disaster Prevention Language Volunteer, please refer here:

Management and Corporation Section, Citizen's Affairs Division,
Bureau of Citizens and Cultural Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government
03-5388-3166