Address by Ambassador Suzuki for Commemoration Ceremony of the Great East Japan Earthquake (10 March 2012)

  It is one year since the Great East Japan Earthquake hit us all.

On this occasion, I wish to pause to commemorate all of those who have suffered, and to express, with distinguished guests and my compatriots residing in Singapore present here, my deepest sympathy to the victims who lost their precious lives in that disaster.

It saddens me immensely when I think about the great many people who have lost their precious lives and the deep grief of those who have lost their loved ones, friends and colleagues so abruptly but still carry on their lives bravely.

We will never forget you, we are with you.

March 11 is a date now etched in our collective consciousness.

We will be united, in our support for those who are engaged in the reconstruction and in our commitment to the revitalization of Japan to come out stronger from the challenges nature has imposed on us. It is for our sake, for the sake of all those who have perished in the disasters and for the sake of repaying for the kind support we have received from Singapore and the world over.

Finally, I wish to extend my utmost sympathy and condolences to the families of the deceased and wish to pray that the souls of those who died may rest in peace forever.

Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of Japan to
the Republic of Singapore