Japanese PM expresses heartfelt appreciation of post-tsunami aid

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has expressed his gratitude to all those who supported its citizens after the tsunami devastated the country last month.

“Every blanket and every cup of hot soup brought warmth and strength to the cold and exhausted who had lost everything. Rescue teams heroically searched for survivors in the heaps of broken rubble, while medical teams worked tirelessly caring for the injured,” a statement from the Premier released through the Japanese embassy in Colombo, said.

“We are still receiving a tremendous outpouring of encouragement, prayers and support from people worldwide. We deeply appreciate the Kizuna our friends around the world have shown, and I want to thank every nation, entity, and you personally, from the bottom of my heart,” the message said.

“Through our own efforts and with the help of the global community, Japan will recover and come back even stronger. We will then repay you for your generous aid,” he said.

“As our feelings of deep gratitude to you grow into feelings of hope, we, the people of Japan, express our sincere thanks to you all,” the Prime Minister added.

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