On the 10th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake


On the 10th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake
ARIGATO! ありがとう!
Thank you for your support and friendship.

On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake, a devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, struck Japan claiming nearly 16,000 lives and displacing some 470,000 people. 
Since then, much recovery has taken place thanks to the generosity and kindness of the people of Canada, British Columbia and Yukon. Your sympathy, encouragement, assistance, and contributions greatly empowered our recovery and revitalization.
Immediately afterward, the Governments of Canada, B.C. and Yukon responded promptly donating relief money along with other necessities. Within days, a volunteer Canadian Medical Assistance Team made its way from B.C. to the affected region for rescue work.
At the same time, donations of all sizes from many individuals, sister-city partners, communities, businesses and organizations poured in. The donations received through the Canadian Red Cross amounted to $48-million. All these contributions greatly helped the disaster-affected people.
By 2013, tsunami debris arrived on B.C. west coast shores. To help clean-up efforts, the Government of Japan provided a $1-million fund as a token of gratitude for Canada’s support. 
Powered by a great number of volunteers who worked tirelessly, some 40-tons of debris was collected from Vancouver Island to Haida Gwaii upon completion in October 2016.
Now on the tenth anniversary, we want to again express our deep gratitude to Canadians, British Columbians, and Yukoners for their warm support and kindness, remembering that they firmly stood by Japan in a time of great need. 

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