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Hong Kong supports Japan on its road to recovery from earthquake (with photos)

     The Principal Hong Kong Economic and Trade Representative (Tokyo), Ms Sally Wong, said today (March 11) that Hong Kong, as a friend and neighbour of Japan, stands ready to contribute to the latter's recovery from the great earthquake and tsunami.

     Speaking on the day of the first anniversary of the earthquake that rocked Japan severely last year, Ms Wong hoped that the Japanese people would continue to brave the challenge and emerge from it even stronger than before.

     "In the aftermath of the earthquake, Hong Kong people witnessed with admiration and amazement the courage, the resilience, the orderliness, the mutual help spirit and determination of the Japanese people in the face of such extreme adversity.

     "The horrendous catastrophes have brought out the best in the Japanese people.

     "The Japanese people will surely make solid progress on their road to full recovery," Ms Wong said.

     Paying a visit to Miyagi prefecture, one of the prefectures that was hardest hit in the disasters last year, Ms Wong attended the welcoming ceremony of a "Tohoku Support Flight" from Hong Kong at Sendai Airport this morning.

     This special chartered flight, which carried some 200 Hong Kong tourists with representatives from the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Tourism Board and the travel trade, aimed to show support to the people of Tohoku region and their reconstruction efforts through tourism activities.

     Ms Wong also took part in a mourning ceremony at the seashore in Matsushima in the afternoon offering prayers to those who lost their lives in the disasters.

     She will meet the Vice Governor of Miyagi, Mr Masahiro Wako and the Vice Mayor of Sendai, Mr Yukimoto Ito tomorrow (March 12), to learn more about their reconstruction work and express Hong Kong's support for their recovery efforts.

Ends/Sunday, March 11, 2012
Issued at HKT 18:31


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