One month ago, on March 11, the people of Japan were hit by a massive disaster. As the shocking tolls on human life and damages continue to be assessed, our nation is focused on the hard tasks of caring for those in need and reconstruction.
Since this tragedy, Californians throughout the state have joined with millions across the globe to extend their prayers and assistance to the Japanese people. How can we begin to thank everyone for so many calls, e-mails, donations and other forms of support?
On behalf of the people of Japan, please accept our deepest appreciation for your compassion and friendship. Japan will never forget this kindness during the difficult hours, days and months ahead.
Of course, Japan is challenged to manage a catastrophe of this unprecedented magnitude. Yet we are not alone. We are aided by the kindness of Americans, including approximately 20,000 U.S. military personnel, the Coast Guard and government experts from within many fields of nuclear crisis management and disaster relief. As we work together, it is my hope that we will be able to report good news sooner rather than later.
As the situation evolves, please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
Consul General of Japan in San Francisco