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Nearly a week has passed since the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake struck Japan at 14:46 local time (05:46 GMT) on Friday, 11 March 2011. Prime Minister Kan described the disaster as 'unprecedented'. The Government of Japan is mobilizing approximately 100,000 Self-Defense Force personnel and 6,000 police officers, and as a result of their dedicated efforts nearly 27,000 people have been rescued so far under extremely difficult circumstances.

I am most grateful to the British Government for dispatching a 63-strong rescue team, who have done all they can do to assist in the relief operations. While the relevant authorities in Japan are using every possible means to respond to this disaster, assistance such as that extended by the UK is highly appreciated.

May I take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude for the many kind messages of concern and sympathy that we have received. Please note that a Book of Condolence for the victims of the disaster has been opened at the Embassy. In addition, the Embassy has begun to accept donations for the relief efforts.

I have heard of numerous events being promoted by both Japanese and British people in the UK to help the victims in Japan. I am sincerely grateful to see our two peoples pulling together at this very difficult time.

Donations to support relief efforts
The Embassy of Japan has begun accepting donations for relief efforts in response to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in the Pacific Ocean on 11 March. All donations received will be forwarded to the Japanese Red Cross Society.To find out how you can donate, click here. We would like to express our deep gratitude for your sympathy and kind assistance at this time. (For Japanese, click here)

Photo: Asahi Shimbun/ Noboru Tomura

Book of Condolence
16-23 March
A book of condolence has been opened at the Embassy of Japan in London. The book will provide an opportunity for UK residents and visitors to send their thoughts to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Visitors are reminded to bring a form of photographic identification with them...more

The UK Government response to the Japan Earthquake
A specialist team of 63 personnel including UK fire service search and rescue specialists and a medical support team, as well as two rescue dogs, were dispatched to join the international relief effort in Japan on 12 March. Get the latest updates on their activities at the Department for International Development website.

Photo: Nicholas Kamm

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