TOKYO , Feb. 3 -- ( Kyodo ) _ Japan's Finance Ministry and the World Bank launched on Monday a new program to equip developing countries to better handle disasters, the ministry and bank said. Under the program, Japan will share its expertise and lessons learned from disasters such as the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and together with the World Bank help disaster-prone developing countries with activities such as mapping out crisis management plans. The move to make developing nations more resilient follows a string of natural disasters around the world affecting developing countries such as the Philippines and India . "This initiative will leverage Japanese expertise to mainstream disaster risk management in development planning and investment programs," the World Bank said in a press release. The program will be headquartered in the Tokyo office of the World Bank . The office will be tasked to network with disaster prevention research institutes and share information.
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