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Japanese PM thanks Slovakia for post-earthquake help

One month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has sent a letter of thanks to all countries that expressed their sympathy and showed solidarity with his country.

One month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has sent a letter of thanks to all countries that expressed their sympathy and showed solidarity with his country.

“Thus far, over 130 nations and regions, nearly 40 international organisations, a number of non-governmental organisations and people from all around the globe have extended their best wishes to us, and moreover they have expressed their support and solidarity through donations and other means,” wrote Kan in his letter, provided to The Slovak Spectator by the Japanese Embassy to Slovakia.

The catastrophe left more than 13,000 people confirmed dead, while over 14,000 people remain unaccounted for. About 150,000 people were forced to take shelter as evacuees, the Japanese prime minister wrote.

According to Kan, various countries and regions rushed in rescue workers swiftly to conduct rescue operations in the affected areas and delivered supplies such as food, medical supplies, and blankets.

“This assistance also brought wholehearted encouragement to the disaster victims,” Kan wrote. “In addition, we have received thousands of origami paper cranes intently folded by children in distant nations wishing for the reconstruction of the disaster-stricken areas.”

He noted that Japan has received financial assistance of €100,000 from the Slovak Government to the Japanese Red Cross; and also in-kind assistance, such as clothes, shoes, sleeping bags and tents, from the Slovak Government.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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