The Japanese government placed an ad bearing a thank-you message from Prime Minister Naoto Kan in some of the world’s major newspapers on Monday, a month after the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake.
Part of the message reads, “At that desperate time people from around the world rallied to our side, bringing hope and inspiring courage.”
It also says, “We deeply appreciate the Kizuna [bonds of friendship] our friends around the world have shown.”
The English version includes a large kanji character for “kizuna” and the heading “Thank you for the Kizuna,” under which Kan’s message appears in English with the prime minister’s signature printed at the end.
The message also refers to the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, explaining, “We are putting every effort into stabilizing the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi [No. 1] Nuclear Power Plant.”
According to the Foreign Ministry, the message was carried in The Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, Britain’s Financial Times, France’s Le Figaro, China’s People’s Daily (pictured), South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo and Russia’s Kommersant.
The message was translated into each country’s language.
[via Daily Yomiuri]