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Learning From Japan: How to Prepare for Natural Disasters

March 16, 2015

Earthquakes, tsunamis, storms: Being well prepared for natural disasters is key to overcoming their impact on people and economies. Learning from the Japanese model of disaster preparedness is on top of the agenda for World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim. Kim is attending the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. A cyclone that destroyed wide parts of the island nation of Vanuatu shortly before the start of the conference added ever more urgency to the discussion of disaster preparedness.