Governor of Fukushima Prefecture has renewed gratitude to Kuwait on behalf of residents there for generous assistance and sincere support as well as the crude oil donation to Japan following the 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster. Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori showed appreciation, during his meeting with the Kuwaiti delegation led by Ambassador to Japan Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi, held on sidelines of the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction which kicked off in the northeastern city of Sendai on Saturday.
Value of the crude oil donation, extended by His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah soon after the magnitude 9.0-quake and ensuing tsunami in March 2011, was distributed to Fukushima and other hard-hit areas. Moreover, His Highness the Amir ordered another USD three million donation to tsunami-damaged Aquamarine Fukushima.
"Kuwait's support has helped us accelerate the reconstruction efforts in the past four years," said Uchibori, underlining the positive feelings by residents of Fukushima Prefecture toward the Kuwaiti people, which was reflected in the opening of the Kuwait-Fukushima Friendship Memorial Garden last year.
For his part, Al-Otaibi told the governor that tremendous reconstruction efforts made by the residents in the affected areas over the past four years touched hearts of the entire world, and Kuwait in particular. "Kuwait's support has contributed to the reconstruction process in Fukushima as well as other areas," said the ambassador, praising the capabilities of the Japanese people and their strong determination to recover.
"The assistance provided by Kuwait to Japan is only an expression of true friendship between the friendly peoples of Kuwait and Japan, and based on the principle that Kuwait is always ready to help all the affected people around the world who need help, regardless of their race, sex or religion," said Al-Otaibi.
The governor gave a memorial gift to the ambassador, describing it as a simple expression of appreciation and gratitude to the people of Kuwait, "but words are not enough to express them." The devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami in March 2011 left more than 18,000 people dead or missing in the northeastern region and crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
In a separate meeting, Governor of Iwate Prefecture Takuya Tasso also reiterated his gratitude to His Highness the Amir, the Government and people of Kuwait, for their unstinted assistance during the 2011 disaster that also severely hit Iwate, stressing that honorable positions by Kuwait are always etched in the heart of Japanese people.
The Kuwaiti delegation includes Deputy Director-General for Central Operations at the Interior Ministry Jamal Al-Sayegh, Deputy Director-General at the Fire Service Directorate Khaled Al-Mekrad, Vice-President of the Board of Directors at Red Crescent Society Anwar Al-Hassawi, President of Alshuabia Center at the Environment Public Authority Dr. Abdullah Al-Zaidan, Director of Civil Prevention at the Interior Ministry Meshal Al-Mutairi, First Secretary at the Embassy Nael Al-Hayan and Head of Planning and Information Section at the Fire Service Directorate Meshari Al-Faras. Some 5,000 representatives from about 200 countries and international organizations gathered for the five-day UN conference in Sendai that was hit hard by the earthquake-tsunami disaster four years ago. Discussions focus on the formulation of the post-2015 international framework for disaster risk reduction, which will be adopted in the final day.