The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its deep sorrow over the powerful earthquake that hit the Kumamoto Prefecture (Kyushu), Japan, on 14 July 2016, leaving several people dead and hundreds of others – injured.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its solidarity with the Japanese people in this difficult hour, conveying its sincere condolences to the families of disaster victims and wishing speedy recovery to those who were injured as a result of the earthquake.
At least 9 people died in Japan as a result of earthquake magnitude 6.4. According to Euronews, the quake struck around 9.30pm local time, 11km east of Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu in the southwest of the country. It was followed by a 5.7 magitude quake thirty minutes later. A fire erupted in Mashiki near the epicentre.
Nineteen buildings have collapsed, and there are fears people could still be trapped under rubble. Despite the magnitude of the quake nuclear facilities appear to be unaffected. The Nuclear Regulation Authority said they had no reports of irregularities.
Officials at Japan’s meteorological survey warned people to be on alert for aftershocks for the next few days, but no tsunami warning was issued. In 2011 a quake of magnitude 9 caused a tsunami which killed nearly 20,000 people and triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
The Embassy of Japan in Georgia hosted a ceremonial reception on the occasion of the birthday of the Emperor of Japan, which was attended by Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
The Georgian Foreign Minister and Ambassador of Japan to Georgia Toshio Kaitani addressed the attending audience.
In his speech, the Minister underlined the recent dynamics of co-operation between the two countries in different spheres.
“Despite the great distance between our countries, we express our readiness to enhance our partnership based on the common values. I would like to express once again my gratitude for all moral and material assistance Japan has been rendering to Georgia for decades”.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked the Ambassador for particular devotion to and respect for Georgian culture and traditions. At the ceremonial reception, Toshio Kaitani delivered his speech in the Georgian language.
Japan has changed the official name of Georgia in Japanese language.
According to Ambassador of Japan, he is pleased, that the name of Georgia in the Japanese language has been changed.
"The bill was submitted to the Japanese Parliament on April 15 and took effect today. Therefore, the inscription at the entrance of the Embassy has been changed. This decision will have a positive impact on our relations. The Embassy will not spare efforts to further develop them,”- said Toshio Kaitani.