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Posted on 04/15/2011 1:37:01 AM PDT by ransomnote
The Mainichi Shimbun, a major Japanese national daily, published in its morning edition Friday a one-page special expressing gratitude for foreign aid since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Headlined ''Thank You to the World Good Will,'' the special comprises an editorial, a feature story on activities by foreign rescue and relief teams, area maps including details of the teams and their activities, and a list of relief goods provided by other countries.
The following is the editorial posted on the daily's English website.
JAPAN ETERNALLY GRATEFUL FOR INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOLLOWING DISASTER
Kenji Miyazawa, a poet and author of children's books, was born in Iwate Prefecture in 1896, the year when the Meiji Sanriku earthquake and tsunami hit, and died at the age of 37 in 1933, the year the Showa Sanriku earthquake and tsunami struck.
Miyazawa loved the Tohoku region and heaped infinite love on his poor and humble countrymen and women.
In his masterpiece ''Night on the Milky Way Train,'' Giovanni, the lead character of the book, lowers his head and murmurs, ''What should I do for the sake of that person's happiness?''
Many people from around the world have supported Japan since the Great East Japan Earthquake. The U.S. military implemented ''Operation Tomodachi,'' a mission in which 20,000 personnel delivered supplies and engaged in search and rescue efforts. Other foreigners provided materials such as canned food and underwear for people at shelters.
Foreign governments were not alone in providing support and offered words of encouragement. Kenyan girls sang a song together mourning the victims of the tsunami. Nurse and nursing care candidates in Jakarta donated 140,000 yen out of their own pockets despite their less well-off lives.
(Excerpt) Read more at english.kyodonews.jp ...
It looks like the good that Japan’s foreign aid policy did for the world was their bread cast upon the waters...
...and it has now returned back unto them.
Let us not forget Japan and their slow and arduous road back to normal life.
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