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19th Disaster Risk Management Seminar "Transforming Earthquakes and Disasters into a Safer Built Environment: The Case of Japan"

March 12, 2018



Organized by the World Bank Tokyo Office and the World Bank Disaster Risk Management Hub, Tokyo

  • Building regulation has a crucial role to play in reducing disaster risk, providing healthy and safe environments for people to live and work. Japan is internationally recognized for its robust structural performance and improved seismic resistance technologies, and this achievement is the result of a nearly a century of incremental improvements and learning. Japan has learned from each disaster, and constantly updates building regulations as well as implementing mechanisms to make cities safer. While Japan’s long journey still continues, Japan’s incremental and context specific approach offers key lessons for other countries seeking to mitigate disaster risk in the built environment.

    This seminar will launch a new World Bank publication ‘Converting Disaster Experience into a Safer Built Environment: The Case of Japan’ developed by the DRM Hub Tokyo, with generous support from MLIT. The seminar will highlight key takeaways and lessons from the report. The seminar will also include a discussion on Philippines’s ongoing experience, with Japan’s support, on updating their building standards and implementation rules to enhance the resilience of the built environment.

    Report: Transforming Disaster Experience into a Safer Built Environment: The Case of Japan (PDF)


    Opening Remarks

    Masato Miyazaki
    Special Representative, Japan, World Bank Group


    Thomas Moullier
    Senior Urban Specialist and Team Leader of the Building Regulation for Resilience Program, World Bank

    Hideaki Sato
    Director for Building Technology Policy Analysis, Housing Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)

    Karen Jimeno
    Undersecretary, Department of Public Works, Philippines


    Keiko Sakoda
    Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank


    *This session will be recorded for later viewing.


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Event Details

  • Date & Time: Monday, March 12, 2018 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • Venue: World Bank Tokyo Office, 10th Floor, Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-2-2 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan (Please refer "ACCESS" in RELATED below)
  • LANGUAGE: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: free
  • CONTACT: DRM Hub, Tokyo TEL: 03-3597-1320