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22nd Disaster Risk Management Seminar "Lifelines: the Resilient Infrastructure Opportunity"

September 24, 2019

Tokyo, Japan


Organized by the World Bank Tokyo Disaster Risk Management Hub

  • The Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries (Program) has been operational since 2014 with support by the Government of Japan. Its main goal is to mainstream disaster risk management (DRM) into national development planning and investment programs, through World Bank operation. The Program also strives to connect Japanese and global expertise in DRM with developing countries.

    The event will host keynote presentations and a panel discussion, inviting the author of the report “Lifelines: The Resilient Infrastructure Opportunity” and the Japanese experts from public and private sector involved in planning and operating lifelines infrastructure to discuss the challenges and opportunities for enhancing infrastructure resiliency to natural hazards. The keynote presentation will introduce the recently published report which finds that the lack of resilient infrastructure (water and sanitation, energy, transport and telecommunication) and poor maintenance and mismanagement of infrastructure harms people and firms more than previously understood. The report also makes recommendation for investment on resilient infrastructure. This discussion will highlight the economic value of investing in more resilient infrastructure, provide recommendations for strengthening infrastructure resilience, and show examples how resiliency is being built in Japan’s lifeline networks.



    Welcoming Remarks

    Masato Miyazaki
    Special Representative, World Bank Japan

    Opening Remarks

    Yasuaki Yoneyama
    Director, Multilateral Development Banks Division, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance

    Keynote Presentation 1 : Lifelines: The Resilient Infrastructure Opportunity

    Stephane Hallegatte
    Lead Economist, the World Bank

    Keynote Presentation 2 : National Resilient Program

    Kenji Kawamura
    Counsellor, National Resilience Promotion Office, Cabinet Secretariat

    Panel Discussion

    The Japanese experience of building resilient lifelines infrastructure from public, community and private perspectives


    Masashi Saito
    Deputy Chief Engineer, Sewerage Construction Division, Water Services Department, Hamamatsu City

    Hiroshi Sakuma
    Director of Engineering Affaires, Operation Division, East Nippon Expressway Company Limited (NEXCO)

    Daisuke Takeda
    Chief Specialist, Ph.D, Grid Aggregation Division, Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation

    Shinya Kitamura
    Manager, Data Solutions Department Research Institute, TEIKOKU DATABANK, LTD.


    Julie Dana
    Manager, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank


    Luis Tineo
    Lead Operations Officer, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank



    $4.2 Trillion Can Be Saved by Investing in More Resilient Infrastructure, New World Bank Report Finds


  • DATE & TIME: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 3:00pm-5:00pm (JST)
  • VENUE: World Bank Tokyo Office, 14th Floor, Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-2-2 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan (Please refer "ACCESS" in RELATED below) * We have moved to the 14th floor.
  • LANGUAGE: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • ADMISSION: free
  • CONTACT: World Bank Tokyo Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Hub TEL: 03-3597-1320