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Governor General's Message on the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

May 9,2016



総長 石上智康

Governor General's Message on the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

  I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to those who were affected by the Kumamoto Earthquake that struck the Kyushu region of Japan on April 14, 2016.
  To those who have lost their lives, and the family and friends of the bereaved, I extend my deepest condolences. Sharing in the sadness of those who have been evacuated from their homes and being unable to establish contact with their friends and relatives, I cannot imagine the anxiety that is felt. It is my hope for the safety of all missing persons and a speedy recovery of all that have been affected.
  Immediately following the first earthquake, the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha Buddhist organization started a relief fund and has been making arrangements to dispatch relief assistance to the affected areas. A Kumamoto Earthquake Emergency Headquarters at the Hongwanji headquarters in Kyoto and an on-site disaster management office at our Kumamoto district office have been established to grasp a better understanding of the situation in the area so that we may be able to provide those affected with the appropriate support both physically and emotionally.
  The difficulties and stress that come with staying at evacuation sites and the on-going aftershocks are resulting with anxiety about what the future entails. Paying our deepest respects to those who have devoted themselves to on-site relief activities in the affected areas, we will also do our utmost in contributing to relief support and caring for the safety of all people and a quick recovery of the area.

April 19, 2016

Governor General Chiko Iwagami
Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha


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