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<Greeting Message> 

Mr Hajime Hayashi

Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom


Upon the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, I would like to offer my condolences to the bereaved families and express my sincere sympathy to all those who suffered in the region. 

Ten years have passed since that catastrophe, which took a terrible human toll and devastated so many people’s lives. Since then the Government, local residents and people from all over Japan have joined hands in the reconstruction effort. 

Our recovery, however, would not have been achieved if we had been fighting alone. Since the disaster, we have received countless gestures of wholehearted support from all over the world. The UK is no exception. Many people here, expressing their profound sympathy for the victims, generously organized a wide range of valuable relief activities. Such compassion shown by the British people further strengthened the deep friendship that had evolved between the peoples of our two nations. I hereby express my deepest appreciation and respect to those who have opened their hearts to us.  

Since 2011, Japan has further strengthened its international contribution in the field of disaster prevention, offering the prospect that our nation’s expertise and technology may be instrumental in tackling future disasters. Meanwhile, the world is now facing the global challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, in the light of our own experience, we truly believe that people around the world will together be able to muster the courage and hope to prevail. 

I sincerely hope that this event hosted by the Fukushima Prefectural Association, which has spared no effort in its disaster relief and awareness-raising activities, will be a renewed opportunity for us to remember the victims and those in the affected areas while also highlighting once again the importance of the bonds which transcend borders to unite us. 

Hayashi Hajime 

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United Kingdom







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