Japanese Red Cross Society Convention in 2015

Honorary President of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS), Her Majesty the Empress of Japan, awarded 13 Red Cross representatives with the Medal for Merit at the 2015 JRCS Convention

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Her imperial Majesty gave 13 representatives the Medal for Merit

At this year’s Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) Convention, Honorary President of the Japanese Red Cross Society, Her Majesty the Empress of Japan awarded 13 Red Cross representatives with the Medal for Merit for their remarkable achievement in the development of JRCS.

Her Majesty the Empress was joined in the awarding ceremony by the Japanese Red Cross Society Honorary Presidents, including Her Imperial Highness Akishino, Her Imperial Highness Hitachino, Her Highness Nobuko, Consort of Imperial Prince Tomohito, and Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado.

Gold and silver Medals were awarded to 90 individuals and 31 companies at the Convention which was held in Meiji-Jingu Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo on 13 May. Around 1400 JRCS staff and volunteers attended the event.

Careful disaster response by volunteer power

Tadateru Konoe, president of Japanese Red Cross Society, addressed the convention and called attention to the great influence of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement on the international stage. He noted that UN and other international humanitarian organizations share the values represented by the 7 principles of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, particularly the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence and make support for victims of disaster and war. President Konoe also reminded his audience of the fact that 50 years have passed since the 7 fundamental principles were created, and that they have since then been shared and honored by the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement around the globe.

President Konoe also reported on the successful mission to Nepal by the JRCS healthcare team. The team consisted of 14 members from JRCS and one from Hong Kong Red Cross, who were dispatched to Nepal immediately after the devastating earthquake on 25 April to provide relief to people affected by the disaster. President Konoe explained that community-based disaster management is becoming an essential part of reducing the risk of the increasing number of natural disasters in the world. He introduced the continuous work of the JRCS on disaster prevention and reduction, expressing his expectation that the Junior Red Cross and Red Cross Volunteers will be playing a greater role in this field.