Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Japan to US: Arigatou gozaimasu!


Beginning Monday, Japan aired a video message thanking the US for the support it gave during the triple disasters on 11 March.
The half-minute thank you message is expected to be aired close to 400 times at CNN Headline News and CNN Airport Network through 15 May, Kyodo News reported.
The message in the English language said, "Thank you to all our friends who came at a moment’s notice. Your help is greatly appreciated, and we draw strength from the friendship you extend as we start to rebuild our lives."
As the message went through, several photographs of relief and rescue operations during last month's mega earthquake and tsunamis in the Pacific rim of northeastern Japan that was complicated by the nuclear crisis were shown.
It ends with the sentence "From us to you: Arigatou gozaimasu," meaning thank you very much.
About 20,000 troops, 160 aircrafts and 20 ships were deployed by Washington to help in the relief and rescue missions under Operation Tomodachi (Friends) when the disasters flattened the Tōhoku and Kantō regions.
American iRobots were also sent over to the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant to help the nuclear workers in places too dangerous for human presence.
Details of this report here.
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