- The 2nd Trilateral Table Top Exercise (TTX) on Disaster Management was successfu...
- Building on the outcome of the 1st Trilateral Table Top Exercise (TTX) held in Seoul in 2013, the 2nd TTX was successfully conducted at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in Tokyo on 6-7 March, 2014. The exercise was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cabinet Office of Japan and organized and facilitated by the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS). Players of the 2nd TTX were from disaster management related ministries and agencies of the People’s Republic of China, Japan and Republic of Korea including Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Cabinet Office of Japan; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) of the People’s Republic of China; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of Korea, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). There were also many observers from Japan’s Ministry of Defense, National Policy Agency, Fire and Disaster Management Agency and Japanese Red Cross Society, and experts from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) who shared expertise and insight on disaster relief and management from international and local perspectives. The participants of the three countries contributed in-depth discussion and shared the view that the TTX has laid a solid foundation for the enhancement of comprehensive and effective framework of trilateral cooperation on disaster management. The Korean and Japanese delegates welcomed general proposal of Chinese side to hold the 3rd Trilateral TTX in China in early 2015, with a view to continue strengthening trilateral cooperation in the field of disaster relief and management. The two-day exercise was composed of a table top exercise and site visit to Ariake no Oka disaster prevention base in Tokyo.
- TCS Condemned the Attack in Kunming, China
- The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat strongly condemned the cruel attack at a railway station in Kunming, China on 1 March 2014, and extended its deep condolences and sympathy to the innocent victims and the bereaved families, as well as to the Chinese government and people.
- The 2nd Trilateral Table Top Exercise (TTX) on Disaster Management to be Held on...
- 1. The 2nd Trilateral Table Top Exercise (TTX) will be held on March 6-7 2014, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) is the organizer and facilitator of the TTX, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cabinet Office of Japan will be the host of this year.* The opening session (10:00 – 10:15 a.m.) is open to media. Photography, videotaping, and sound recording will be allowed during this time. 2. After the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, pursuant to the decision of the leaders of Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and the People’s Republic of China (China) at the 4th Trilateral Summit held in Tokyo, Japan, in May 2011, the 1st TTX was held in Seoul, the ROK, in March 2013. As one of the outcomes of the 3rd Trilateral Heads of Government Agency Meeting on Disaster Management held in Seoul, the ROK, in October 2013, the heads of government agencies from the three countries reaffirmed their commitment to designing regular programs on TTX to prepare for natural disasters. 3. The 2nd TTX is participated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cabinet Office of Japan; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and National Emergency Management Agency of the ROK. In addition, experts from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will deliver presentations from international and local viewpoints. 4. According to Secretary General Mr. IWATANI Shigeo of the TCS, “the 2nd TTX will increase mutual understanding of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mechanisms and processes of the affected country (Japan) and assisting countries (China and the ROK) in response to large-scale natural disasters.”
- EU Delegation Visits the TCS (February 27, 2014, Seoul)
- Mr. Viorel Budura, Managing Director for Asia and Pacific of European External Action Service (EEAS), accompanied by Mr.Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the EU Delegation in ROK, paid a courtesy visit to the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat on February 27, 2014. Secretary-General Iwatani welcomed Mr. Budura’s second visit to TCS office, and briefed him on the current situation in Northeast Asia, recent trilateral cooperation progress, TCS’ recent activities, and TCS-EU collaboration. Mr. Budura spoke highly of the TCS’ role in advancing trilateral cooperation, and responded positively upon TCS’ invitation of EU’s officials to the upcoming International Forum for the Trilateral Cooperation in April, 2014. The two parties also exchanged views on strengthening trilateral cooperation and shared information of office capacity building.(From the left) Mr. Chen Feng, Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Amb. Iwatani, Mr. Viorel Budura, Mr. Lee Jong-heon
- UNOCHA Assistant Secretary-General KANG Kyung-wha visited the TCS (February 19, ...
- Ms. KANG Kyung-wha, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator (ASG/DERC) in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), visited the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (hereinafter “TCS”) on February 19, 2014, and met with the board members of the TCS, Secretary-General Amb. IWATANI Shigeo and Deputy Secretary-Generals Mr. CHEN Feng and Mr. LEE Jong-heon. Secretary-General Iwatani welcomed Ms. KANG’s visit, and briefed on the function of the TCS and the current progress of trilateral cooperation on disaster management by sharing experience of holding the first Table Top Exercise (TTX) on disaster management in Seoul last year. Amb. Iwatani also showed appreciation for UNOCHA’s support in the 1st TTX by sending an expert to share experience in humanitarian assistance in disaster relief, and expect a continuous engagement of UNOCHA in the future TTX. Ms. KANG gave an introduction to the function and services of UNOCHA, and shared successful cases in humanitarian assistance in disaster-stricken areas. She also introduced humanitarian financing of UNOCHA and its partnership with public and private sectors. At the end of the meeting, both sides agreed on continuing close cooperation, with a view to expand areas of collaboration in disaster management and relief between TCS and UNOCHA. (From the left) Mr. Cheng Feng, Ms. Kang Kyung-wha, Amb. Iwatani, Mr. Lee Jong-heonBoard of the TCS is in the meeting with Ms. Kang Kyung-wha
- EVENT NOTICE: "Three Strands of Asia" Second Lecture (March 13, 2014)
- The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) holds its monthly lecture series “Three Strands of Asia” that bring together experts of China, Japan and Korea to explain compelling aspects of the cultures and societies of the three countries from a comparative perspective. Lecture Two“Cultural Genes Korea, China and Japan Reflected in Clothing, Foods and Shelter” •Speaker: Mr. Kim Kyung Eun – Editor of the Kyunghayng Shinmun Author of “Dining Culture of Korea, China and Japan" •Date: March 13, 2014 •Time: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM •Venue: Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat Conference Room •Language: Korean •Availability: Open to general public RSVP with your name and affiliation required •TCS Contact: Soo Young YANG (firstname.lastname@example.org) * The registration is free and on the first-come, first-serve basis. Those who wish to participate are highly recommended to send an email to the TCS to reserve a spot. •Location: Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, S-Tower 20th FL