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Event held in Washington on lessons learned from Tohoku disaster

NHK reported online that the Japanese Embassy in Washington hosted an event in Washington on Monday to discuss the lessons learned from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake as this year marks the 10th anniversary of the disaster. The network said American officials who were engaged in the relief and reconstruction efforts in the disaster-hit areas were invited to the event. U.S.-Japan Council President and CEO Suzanne Basalla reportedly delivered a speech and said: “The U.S.-Japan cooperation at the time of the disaster not only helped overcome the crisis but transformed the alliance into a more resilient one.” Then-U.S. Ambassador to Japan Roos reportedly stressed the importance of people-to-people exchanges in various sectors, including student exchange. Basalla, who was working at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo at the time of the disaster, reportedly told the network: “It is very important to have time to reflect on the lessons we learned ten years ago. Many nations in the world are facing challenges such as abnormal weather. The United States and Japan need to make a global contribution.”

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