Japan UK LIVE! Response

The Japan Society’s education programme supports links between Japanese and British schools. Over the last week, our translation team has been busy handling numerous messages of concern and reassurance sent between partner schools, such as those below:

We have woken up this morning to the devastating news of the earthquake and tsunami. We have been watching some of the video clips of Tokyo and are extremely concerned and worried about you and the staff and children. All of us who visited Japan are so upset by the destruction and the difficulties facing the people and country. We send you our very best wishes and hope strongly that (your school) is safe. (Norwich)

…there was a lot of shaking at (our) new building and we had to remain under our desks for nearly an hour. There was no disorder at our school, no injuries to the children, and everyone, including the teaching staff, is safe. School activities were already back to normal from the 14th (Monday) and everyone’s smiles had returned. The occasional aftershocks are a bit scary though. We will hold our graduation ceremony on the 25th. We want to hold a proper ceremony out of respect for all those who have been affected by the earthquake disaster. We feel very happy to have received so much support from around the world…(Suginami, Tokyo)

Thank you so much for your heartwarming and encouraging message. Please accept my gratitude on behalf of all the Kyoto schools in the exchange. Thankfully Kyoto was almost completely untouched, but as you can see in the media the damage done in Japan was very serious. Your warm words or encouragement are a great emotional support to us. It is at times like this that we become aware of the wonderfulness, strength and especially the importance of the bonds between people, between regions and between countries. We will not allow ourselves to be defeated by this disaster, but will go forward with everything we have. Please continue to lend us your strength! (Kyoto City)


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