PM Kan offers thanks for 'Kizuna' on People's Daily

15:05, April 11, 2011      

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In the month that has passed since the catastrophic earthquake in Japan, the Japanese people have withstood the test of a series of disasters, including the quake, a tsunami and nuclear leakage. During this time, there was an outpouring of assistance from the entire international community.

On April 11, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan published a letter of thanks under the theme of "Kizuna," a Japanese word meaning the strong bond between friends and family, in People's Daily, China's leading newspaper, and expressed gratitude to the world.

"Kizuna" has been invoked by some campaigns during this time of devastation to call on people to unite together to help friends.

People's Daily publishes letter of thanks from Japanese PM

The whole text of is translated into English by the editors of People's Daily Online:


Thank you for the Kizuna.

My country suffered an unprecedented heavy earthquake a month ago. Numerous people lost their lives, and more than 150,000 people have had to take refuge.

In the regions that were hit by the tsunami after the earthquake, there was no water, no electricity, no food, and even contact with the outside world had been cut off. At that time, overseas assistances gave us strength to go forward.

A bowl of hot soup and a blanket warmed bodies and minds in cold. Rescue teams struggled to comb through the rubble to save survivors, and medical teams selflessly provided treatment to those people who were physically and emotionally injured.

Even today, we are still receiving encouragement and wishes from around the world. The Kizuna given by friends all over the world greatly inspire us. I would like to say a sincere "thank you" to the countries, regions and all the rest of you who have given us all-out support.

Reconstruction work has kicked off. We are trying our best to stabilize Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

Relying on the Japanese people's potential and international community's assistance, Japan will be able to undergo rebirth, revival and achieve even greater prosperity. At that time, we will repay all corners of the world for your kindness.

For the day is coming when we will unite as one to join the reconstruction and turn our deep gratitude toward our friends into hope. Thank you once again.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan

A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed.

By Ye Xin, People's Daily Online
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