Ambassador: Japan Grateful To Ukraine For Its Support And Understanding

KIEV, Ukraine -- Japan is grateful to Ukraine for its support and understanding, Japanese Ambassador to Ukraine Tadashi Izawa said in Kiev on Tuesday.

He said that Ukraine was one of the first countries to offer its condolences to Japan over the devastating earthquake, and to offer its assistance.

"I wholeheartedly thank the government and the Ukrainian people for the kindness and sympathy they have shown in this situation," Izawa said.

As reported, the Ukrainian government has allocated nearly UAH 20 million ($2.5 million) in humanitarian assistance to earthquake-hit Japan.

The National Bank of Ukraine, in turn, simplified the mechanism of sending charitable aid to the victims of natural and manmade disasters in Japan.

On March 11, a devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake (according to Japanese seismologists) was reported 130 km off the northeastern coast of the Japanese island of Honshu. The earthquake triggered a powerful tsunami.

The latest figures from the National Police Agency of Japan confirmed the deaths of 10,901 people.

The list of those missing includes 17,649 people, whereas the number of those injured has reached 2,776 people.

The earthquake damaged one of the world's largest nuclear power plants, Fukushima 1, 250 km northeast of Tokyo.

Several more earthquakes, with magnitudes of 6.1 to 6.5, have been recorded in the northeast of Japan since March 11.

Source: Interfax