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New Delhi envoy thanks Japan for helping Indians during January quake

Ambassador Sibi George on Friday met Hiroshi Hase, the governor of the Ishikawa Prefecture and expressed condolences for the loss of lives caused by the earthquake.

A man walks along a street where collapsed houses still remain at Horyu Town in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture on February 1, 2024, one month after a major 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Noto region in Ishikawa prefecture. (Photo by STR/JIJI Press/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIAN ambassador to Japan on Friday (1) reiterated New Delhi’s support for the earthquake-affected Ishikawa Prefecture of the east Asian nation and expressed gratitude to its governor for aiding the Indian community residing there. The earthquake, measuring 7.6 magnitude, struck Japan’s northernmost Noto Peninsula on January 1 this year, resulting in the loss of 241 lives, including 15 due to indirect causes, as reported by The Japan Times newspaper.

Ambassador Sibi George on Friday met Hiroshi Hase, the governor of the Ishikawa Prefecture, where the Noto Peninsula is located, and expressed condolences for the loss of lives caused by the earthquake.

“Ambassador @AmbSibiGeorge visited #Ishikawa Prefecture & met Hon’ble Governor, Mr. Hiroshi Hase. Expressed his condolences for (the) loss of lives due to (the) Noto Peninsula earthquake,” the Indian embassy in Japan said in a post on X.

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“Thanked for assistance extended to Indians in #Ishikawa and reiterated India’s solidarity to Ishikawa and Japan,” it said.

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The Indian embassy in Japan had set up an emergency control room for Indians who wanted any assistance following the series of strong earthquakes that jolted the country’s western coastline.

Prime minister Narendra Modi also wrote to his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, a few days after the natural disaster expressing India’s solidarity with Japan and its people affected by the devastating earthquake.

The Japanese ambassador to India, Hiroshi Suzuki, expressed gratitude to the people of India for their prayers and encouragement following the earthquake.

“Dear friends in India, I am deeply grateful for so many sincere condolences, prayers and warm encouragements regarding the NotoEarthquake in Japan. Your solidarity at this very difficult time means so much for the Japanese people,” Suzuki said in a post on X.

(With PTI inputs)

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