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Japanese ambassador says China's relief assistance strengthens bond between two peoples

04-23-2011 10:24 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

BEIJING, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Ambassador to China Niwa Uichiro said that China's relief assistance to Japan after the March 11 earthquake promoted a feeling of amity between the two peoples and boosted the development of bilateral relations.

Japanese Ambassador to China Niwa Uichiro is seen during an
interview in Beijing, capital of China, April 20, 2011.
Uichiro said in a joint interview with the Chinese media in
the Chinese capital on Wednesday that China's relief
assistance to Japan after the March 11 earthquake promoted
a feeling of amity between the two peoples and boosted the
development of bilateral relations. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)

Citing a Chinese saying that when disaster strikes, help comes from all sides, Uichiro extended heartfelt thanks to the Chinese government and people for the disaster relief donations and assistance.

Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the Japanese embassy and mourned for the earthquake dead, which deeply impressed the Japanese people, Uichiro said in a joint interview with the Chinese media on Wednesday.

He said the Japanese people will always remember the warm encouragements and sympathy given by the Chinese leaders and people.

The assistance material provided by China has reached the Japanese people in the quake-stricken areas and they all appreciated China's help, he said.

On behalf of the Japanese government, Uichiro conveyed condolences to the eight Chinese people who died in the earthquake and expressed his sympathy to their families.

Noting both Japan and China are countries plagued by frequent natural disasters, he called on the two countries to enhance cooperation in disaster prevention and the civil use of nuclear power, so as to further advance the bilateral strategic and mutually beneficial relationships.

Uichiro said the economic losses caused by the earthquake may hit 1.6 billion to 2.5 billion Japanese yen, which is two to three times more than the losses caused by the Osaka-Kobe Earthquake in 1995 and accounts for 5 percent of the annual gross national product (GNP).

Japanese Ambassador to China Niwa Uichiro (R, rear) is seen during an interview in
Beijing, capital of China, April 20, 2011. Uichiro said in a joint interview with
the Chinese media in the Chinese capital on Wednesday that China's relief assistance
to Japan after the March 11 earthquake promoted a feeling of amity between the two
peoples and boosted the development of bilateral relations. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has also lowered its forecasted economic growth rate for Japan this year from 1.6 percent to 1.4 percent, he added.

The earthquake also had a long-term negative impact on Japan's imports and exports as well as Japan-China economic and trade relations, he said, considering the earthquake has dealt a severe blow to some industries, for example, the semiconductor industry, in which Japan and China have extensive cooperation.

Uichiro suggested that the two countries should further strengthen bilateral economic and trade ties so to defuse the negative influences.

He also called on Japan, China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) to start consultation on the establishment of the Japan-China-ROK Free Trade Area (FTA) as soon as possible, which will create big common market for the three countries.

With regard to the recent nuclear leak in Japan's Fukushima, Uichiro admitted that there were some problems in the Japanese government's information releases.

To increase transparency and release accurate information is very important to a nation's accountability, he said, adding the Japanese embassy in China will continue to make more efforts in this regard.

He underscored the importance Japan paid to the safety of the people of relevant countries, in particular neighboring countries like China and the ROK.

In order to meet the commitment, the Japanese government will adhere to three principles, namely increasing transparency, disclosure of information and responsible explanation, to release reliable data, he added.

"If successful, the nuclear leak accident of the Fukushima power plant will be contained before the end of October," he said.

Uichiro said the Japanese government and people would draw lessons from the accident and continue to make valuable contribution to the world.

 

 

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Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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