Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan published an open letter of thanks and resolve in the Washington Post, Friday. In the letter, he thanks Japan's "friends around the world" for the "kizuna
('bonds of friendship')" shown to Japan in the wake of the recent disasters. In particular, PM Kan thanks the United States, Japan's "most important friend and ally" for its assistance and the assistance of its citizens. The Prime Minister goes on to express the resolve of the Japanese people in recovering from these tragedies:
The Japanese people rose from the ashes of the Second World War using our fundamental strength to secure a remarkable recovery and the country’s present prosperity. I have not a single doubt that Japan will overcome this crisis, recover from the aftermath of the disaster, emerge stronger than ever, and establish a more vibrant and better Japan for future generations.
Please take a moment to read the entire article
on the Washington Post's website.