Japan says 'thank-you' for quake support
AT 14.46 on March 11, Japan was hit by one of the most powerful earthquakes in recorded history. We are now making all-out efforts to restore livelihoods and recover from the tragedies that followed. The disaster left more than 28,000 people dead or missing. Japan has been strongly supported by the international community and our friends around the world.
On behalf of the Japanese people, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for the outpouring of support and solidarity we have received from more than 130 countries, nearly 40 international organisations, numerous NGOs, and countless individuals. We deeply appreciate the Kizuna (a Japanese word for "bonds of friendship") shown to us.
Through this hardship we have also come to truly understand the meaning of "a friend in need is a friend indeed."