Meeting between State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Yutaka Banno and Mr. Manuel M. LOPEZ, Ambassador-Designate of the Republic of the Philippines to Japan (Acceptance of Relief Supplies from the Philippines)

March 25, 2011

  1. Today (Friday, March 25), Yutaka Banno, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with Mr. Manuel M. LOPEZ, Ambassador-Designate of the Republic of the Philippines to Japan.

  2. Ambassador Lopez offered condolences for the victims of the Tohoku - Pacific Ocean Earthquake and mentioned that the relief supplies provided to Japan by the government of the Philippines were scheduled to reach Japan in the early evening of March 25. He also reassured that the Government of Philippines was willing to offer maximum assistance and cooperation, given the fact that Japan always offered assistance ahead of other countries when the Philippines was hit by natural disasters.

  3. In response, State Secretary Banno showed appreciation towards the warm words of condolence from citizens of the Philippines including President Aquino and the material assistance from the Philippine government. He appreciated the full-scale efforts made by the Philippine embassy in Japan to confirm the safety of Philippine citizens in the affected areas under the leadership of Ambassador Lopez, offering condolences for the death of two Philippine citizens living in Fukushima Prefecture. State Secretary Banno concluded that the Japanese government was determined to overcome this difficult time and wishes to work together with other countries including the Philippines.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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