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USFJ releases statement on third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

15-001 | March 11, 2014

Yokota AB, Tokyo Japan - Today marks the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The world watched in horror at the unprecedented triple disaster that rocked Japan that Friday afternoon. Japan grieved the tragic loss of families and friends as a result of the earthquake, the destructive tsunami, and subsequent nuclear crisis.

What the entire world also witnessed in the aftermath of those events was the determination, strength and resiliency of the Japanese people. From the bravery of the first responders and the entire Jietai, to ordinary citizens throughout the country, the indomitable Japanese spirit in the face of such adversity was displayed for all to see.

As tomodachi and neighbors, U.S. Forces Japan was honored to work together with the Government of Japan and alliance partners to provide support and assistance during that time of crisis. Through OPERATION TOMODACHI, our already strong alliance was enhanced beyond just one of partnership, but one forged in trust and respect. This experience serves as the foundation of our work today and into the future.

The Tohoku region's road to recovery will be a long one, but there has been much progress achieved already. As we, too, pause to reflect and honor the memory of the victims and their families, we pledge our continued friendship and support to our Asia-Pacific cornerstone alliance partner. We also remember the lesson of March 11 is not nature’s destructive power. The true lesson is the enduring ability of the human spirit to overcome adversity.

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