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PRESS RELEASE March 11, 2018

World Bank Group President’s Statement on the Seventh Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

TOKYO, March 11, 2018— The following is a statement by the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim:

“Today, on the anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the World Bank Group solemnly remembers the victims of the disaster, recognizes their families, and honors the people of Japan who have worked tirelessly to rebuild communities and restore livelihoods.

Seven years have passed since the people of Tohoku felt the enormous brunt of the 9.0 earthquake and the subsequent devastating tsunami. The courage and determination of the citizens of the Tohoku region, who rebuilt their lives and livelihoods throughout these years, is a continuous source of inspiration around the world.

We pay tribute to the Japanese government and communities in Tohoku for sharing the lessons of this disaster to help countries around the world avoid similar catastrophes by identifying risks and taking proactive approaches for disaster preparedness and response.

The World Bank Group reaffirms its commitment to working with Japan and our partners around the globe to support developing countries by scaling up strategic investments in quality infrastructure towards building inclusive, resilient, and sustainable cities and communities for all.

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