Tornado damage in the Southeastern states of the US: Messages of sympathy from Prime Minister Kan and Minister Matsumoto

April 29, 2011

  1. Tornadoes that have swept through states such as Alabama in the US from April 27 on (EST) have caused damage over a wide area of the southeastern states of the US (Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia, etc).

  2. In response to this disaster, Prime Minister Naoto Kan issued a message of sympathy to President Barak Obama, and Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto did the same to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the early morning on April 29 (JST).

  3. In those messages, they expressed their feelings of condolence and sympathy, and conveyed that Japan is prepared to provide necessary assistance.

(Additional Note)
Beginning of April 27 (EST), tornadoes caused at least 200 deaths. President Obama, declared an emergency exists in the State of Alabama and instructed the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend emergency Federal assistance.

    • (*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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