U.S. President Barack Obama Writes Letter to Japanese Emperor Akihito

U.S. President Barack Obama has sent a letter to Japanese Emperor Akihito expressing his admiration for the Japanese people’s courage in responding to the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, the U.S. embassy in Tokyo said Thursday.

“I speak for all Americans in expressing admiration for the courage, strength, and determination with which the people of Japan are responding to this crisis,” Obama said in the letter dated March 24, according to the embassy.

While describing the devastation and loss of life caused by the disaster as “heartbreaking,” the president showed his confidence that “Japan will rebound from this tragedy even stronger than before and set an example for other nations through your resilience.”

“As the people of Japan recover and rebuild, the United States will stand steadfast by your side as a friend, partner, and ally,” Obama said.

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  • 2011-03-31 at 8:06 pm
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    While admiration for the Japanese people’s response to this disaster is very nice, we should be demanding that they give us the real data concerning the nuclear power plants that were affected by these disasters. They have given us precious little information and, I feel that they are not being forthcoming with the pertinent data. This isn’t just Japan’s problem, it is the world’s. Radiation has been detected all the way across the U.S. I can imagine what the levels are in Russia and China. Russia, in particular, should be demanding that this situation come to an end NOW, just as we did when they had this problem. They are Japan’s neighbors (China and Russia) and need to speak up ASAP! They must speak for the rest of the world. If they don’t, the U.S. should. Someone needs to end this nightmare now. How else can we do that but by cementing the whole damned thing in, like they did in Russia?

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