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Chile and Japan Announce Earthquake Detection Cooperation

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Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno Charme met today in Tokyo with his Japanese counterpart, Katuya Okada, to discuss issues including Japan’s ongoing reconstruction assistance in the wake of Chile’s February 27 earthquake, and possible future collaboration in earthquake and tsunami detection efforts.

In Moreno’s first bilateral visit since assuming office in March 2010, he expressed Chile’s interest in implementing the same earthquake and tsunami notification technologies that are currently used in Japan saying, “we are going to adopt the Japanese standard [detection system] of digital terrestrial television,” which is widely considered among the world’s most advanced systems. He also extended an invitation to Mr. Okada to visit Chile and observe the reconstruction process.

Japan and Chile share the distinction of being two of the world’s most seismically active countries and Tokyo has shown its commitment to helping Chile with the recovery process by providing money, medical care and help with the construction of semi-permanent facilities to house Chile’s displaced population. Other topics on the agenda included bilateral trade and multilateral cooperation.

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