Support From All Around the World

Total 102 countries and 14 international organizations have offered support for Japan so far.
Even in the first day of the quake, so many countries reacted quickly and publicly announced their support.
I made a list of the countries which declared to support Japan, though it doesn't cover all of them.
(I used the website of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to make this.)

*Asia and Oceania*
India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, South Korea, China, Nepar, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Timor, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Laos, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, ASEAN

*North America*
United States, Canada, Mexico

*South America*
Argentina,Brazil,Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador,El Salvador,Cuba,Colombia,Surinam,Nicaragua,Panama,Paraguay,Venezuela,Peru,Honduras


*Middle East*
UAE,Israel, Iraq,Iran,Oman,Qatar,Kuwait,Turkey,Jordan

Djibouti,Tunisia,South Africa,Morocco

*International Organization*

As you see the above, almost all countries we know already promised to give support for us.
I felt very happy by making sure that the world care for us while I listed the countries.

13 countries sent rescue teams, and the people from some of the countries were already arrived in Japan.
They started working at stricken areas with feeling fears of aftershocks and radiation.

We Japanese are all thankful for those who came to help the victims from other countries.

I think many of you are reading this blog from US.
So, we're all relieved when the president Obama announced the support for Japan soon after the terrible earthquake hit Japan. Moreover, US Navy dispatched navy vessels to Tohoku area and Ronald Reagan which is the strongest already arrived at the area. It costs over a million dollars to run Ronald Reagan for one day, but US government willingly sent it to Japan.

Also, I have some friends in Tufts University who studied as exchange students at Kanazawa University which I go to, and guys at Tufts are now raising the charity.
Their blog is here: "Tufts Supports Japan"
I was really glad to hear such a movement done by my friends.

Of course not only US, but also many other countries are supporting Japan.

German Government already sent over 40 troops to Japan. The president of the country visited Japanese Embassy in Berlin and left a comment "Japan is not alone. The world supports Japan."

New Zealand Government sent nearly 50 troops and the officials said that people want to help Japan because Japan gave a lot of support for New Zealand when the country experienced earthquake the last month.

Taiwan decides to give US$3.5 million to Japan.

I could realize again that we are really helped by people all over the world.

Lastly, I put a statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued on the day we experienced the first quake below.
We've been very encouraged by his strong statement.

The world is shocked and saddened by the images coming from Japan this morning.

On behalf of the United Nations, I want to express my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the Japanese people and Government, most especially those who lost family and friends in the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis.

Japan is one of the most generous and strongest benefactors, coming to the assistance of those in need the world over.

In that spirit, the United Nations stands by the people of Japan and we will do anything and everything we can at this very difficult time.

We will be watching closely as the aftershocks are felt across the Pacific and South-East Asia throughout the day.

I sincerely hope that under the leadership of Prime Minister Kan Naoto and the full support and solidarity of the international community, the Japanese people and Government will be able to overcome this difficult time as soon as possible.

日本政府と国民に心から哀悼の意を表します。日本がこの重大な試練を乗り越えられると確信しています。 [Translated from Japanese: To the Japanese people, I offer my sympathy and heartfelt condolences. With greatest respect and my best wishes, I know that they will overcome this terrible tragedy.]

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