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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Tokyo hails Dar for support during 2011`s quake disaster

15th March 2012

The Japanese government has expressed appreciation to the people of Tanzania and the government for their support following the earthquake disaster in east Japan last year.

Speaking at a function to commemorate one year after the Great East Japan Earthquake in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday night, Japanese Ambassador to Tanzania Masaki Okada said his country had learnt and experienced friendship withTanzania, adding that the relationship had become stronger than before.

“The embassy of Japan in Tanzania received warm words of support and donations from Tanzanians of all walks of life, from leaders in politics, business and academia, to ordinary citizens as well as foreign nationals residing in Tanzania,” he said, adding:

“This reminded us that Japan is in fact surrounded by countless friends from around the world.”

Okada said that Japan had made remarkable progress in the reconstruction of its infrastructure damaged and disaster-stricken areas had recovered in astonishing speed.

“Railroads, ports, roads, electricity and water supply have completely been restored, except in restricted areas,” said the envoy.

“Direct damage of the earthquake itself was limited to the north-eastern part of Japan, but the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident that stemmed from the earthquake and tsunami has attracted attention from all around the world, as it not only affects the energy policy of Japan, but of the world as a whole," he added.

He said Japan was currently reviewing its energy policy from scratch and putting efforts in strengthening cutting-edge models of technologies and systems for future prosperity.

The ambassador noted that the Japanese community in Tanzania was thinking of ways to repay the wonderful support which Japan received from Tanzania.

“In this regard, we have decided to donate funds which were collected through a charity summer festival event which our society holds every year to an NGO in Tanzania called Moyo Safi wa Maria Health Centre as a symbolic event to reaffirm Japanese and Tanzanian bonds of friendship,” he said.

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