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Japan's Children's Day


Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 3, 2011

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On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am pleased to send warmest wishes to the people of Japan as you celebrate Children’s Day this May 5.

On this Children’s Day we take time to reflect on the devastating earthquake and tsunami that affected so many children in Japan. Last month, I saw firsthand the resilience of the Japanese people. From all corners of the country, Japanese citizens are standing up and building communities back anew. I want all the people of Japan – especially children – to know that you are not alone in this trying time. Throughout the United States men and women have been working with their communities and schools to donate money and food, send care packages and letters, and encourage children in the affected areas as you rebuild your lives.

During this time of rebuilding and renewal, know that the United States stands with you. We are committed to creating a brighter future filled with opportunity and prosperity for the children of Japan and for all children around the world.



PRN: 2011/679

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