Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster in the Samoa Islands Region (Message of Sympathy from Mr. Katsuya Okada)

September 30, 2009

On September 30 (Wed) at 2:48 AM (JST), the Samoa Islands Region was hit by an earthquake measuring 8.3 on the Richter scale, and also suffered from damage caused by a tsunami. In response to this disaster, Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, sent a message to The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States, in which he expressed his heartfelt sympathy and condolences to those who lost family members or friends as a result of this disaster as well as to the Government and citizens of the region.