Letter of President Aquino to the Japanese Prime Minister, expressing condolences for the earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011

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Letter
of
His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
to
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan
Expressing condolences for the Earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011
[Dated March 11, 2011]
Excellency,
It is with great sadness that we learned of the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan a few hours ago, causing a great deal of loss and damages.
The Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the entire Filipino nation join me in expressing both our most profound condolences and sympathies, as well as our solidarity with Your Excellency and the people of Japan, as you strive to cope with this tragedy whose devastation, it pains us, are still unfolding.
As a close friend and neighbor, Japan has constantly stood by the Philippines, as we dealt with past tribulations wrought by nature. Our extensive and long-standing ties of friendship means that Japan is also home to a vast number of Filipinos, whose welfare also represents a paramount concern. During this difficult time, I assure Your Excellency that the Philippine Government stands ready, to extend any support and assistance within its capability, as Japan strives to cope with the aftermath of this tragic event.
Please accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest esteem and consideration.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
President of the Republic of the Philippines
His Excellency
NAOTO KAN
Prime Minister
Japan