EARTHQUAKE IN JAPAN.
Embassy of Italy in Tokyo:
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>>information for Italian nationals in Japan at http://www.ambtokyo.esteri.it/ambasciata_tokyo
>>Crisis Unit special advisories at www.viaggiaresicuri.it
“Solidarity for Japan” initiative at the Foreign Ministry in Rome on 5 April 2011
The people of Italy reacted immediately and with great generosity, through their many associations, to the tragedy that has so recently struck Japan, causing thousands of victims and immense material damage.
The Italian Government has decided to declare 2011 the Year of Friendship and Solidarity with Japan. In all of Italy’s schools a special study day will be devoted to learning more about the historic links between the two countries.
The Foreign Ministry – in agreement with the Prime Minister’s Office – has accepted the invitation to undertake concrete initiatives that the President of the Republic referred to in his messages to Emperor Akihito. The Ministry will coordinate the response by those members of Italian society that for decades have been privileged to enjoy fruitful and friendly personal and working relations with Japan.
The appeal is addressed to the members of Confindustria, the Leonardo Committee, the Italy-Japan Business Group, the Italy-Japan Foundation and the many local towns and organisations involved in twinning arrangements with Japan.
On 5 April 2011 senior managers from many of Italy’s most important businesses and representatives of the many examples of “Italian Excellence” will meet at the Ministry. The aim is to act together to extend a concrete signal of solidarity and to choose a project to implement and bring to completion in Japan.
We all remember the great generosity with which the Japanese Government and people contributed to the recovery after the earthquake in L’Aquila by building an Auditorium that in April 2011 will see its inaugural concert. And we cannot forget Japan’s important contribution in the last few decades to the success of the “Made in Italy” brand. Japan has chosen Italy as its preferred tourism destination and has extended a warmer welcome than any other country to our best-known musical performers and conductors.
In its hour of trouble, Italy stands side-by-side with its Japanese friends!