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Since the Great East Japan Earthquake struck on 11 March 2011, the outpouring of sympathy and support from people all over the world has been a great source of hope for people in Japan. Here in the UK, there have been many fundraising initiatives taking place and the Embassy alone has received 174,413.86 in donations (as of April 15) for which we are very grateful.

This edition, we report on Foreign Minister Matsumoto's visit to London where he met Prime Minister Cameron and Foreign Secretary Hague.

We speak with David Warren, British Ambassador to Japan, Lori Henderson, Chief Executive of the British Chamber of Commerce in Tokyo, and The East Nippon Expressway Company. We also showcase some of the many fundraising events that have taken place.

In addition, find out more about the benefits of studying in Japan with MEXT Postgraduate Scholarships.

"Foreign Minister Matsumoto indicated his wish to take Japan-UK relations to a new level"...more

"we managed it by identifying the particular situation, mobilising the personnel, resources, machinery and materials, starting the work speedily, overseeing it diligently throughout and finishing it promptly"...more

Interview with Mr David Warren, UK Ambassador to Japan

"We want to get the message across as widely as possible that travelling to and doing business in the unaffected areas - which of course constitute most of the country - is perfectly safe

Interview with Lori Henderson, Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan

"British companies are committed to helping Japan recover and thrive. Japan is a strategically important partner for the UK and it is vital to maintain solid links"...more

Helping earthquake survivors:
Sapporo Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall

23 May 2011
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

Conductor, Tadaaki Otaka, says of the earthquake and tsunami: "
We, the musicians, wish to turn our London appearance into a charity concert in aid of the vital relief efforts in our country."...more

The Japan Karate Association of England European Championships

The Great East Japan Earthquake Appeal 5-a-side Football Tournament

Ride for Japan - Charity Bike Ride from Swansea to London

UK schools do their bit to help

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