Basescu: March 2011 disaster showed why Japan continues to be among the world’s top countries

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The March 11, 2011 disaster showed why Japan will continue to be one of the world”s top countries, President Traian Basescu said Wednesday, adding that Romanian could understand how hard it was to the Japanese because they also had to put up with an earthquake disaster that hit Romania in 1977.

„March 11 is a moment that will probably be hard to erase from the memory of any man on Earth. It was a moment in which, watching the television, we had the impression that nature wants to defeat the man. And it showed us that the defeat would have been possible, had that man, that nation, not been Japan. It may not be that impressive what happened on March 11, but more impressive than the natural catastrophe of March 11 was what we saw in the Japanese nation.

That was proof of solidarity, the image of a nation that was maybe more united than ever before a disaster, a nation that watched the disaster and said: we are stronger than you,” Basescu told a commemoration of the March 11, 2011 major earthquake that devastated the eastern part of Japan.

„The March 11, 2011 disaster showed why Japan will continue to be among the world”s top countries. We, Romanians, remember, and my generation certainly remembers, the 1977 earthquake. For us, that was a moment of solidarity as well that is probably hard to repeat. But the 1977 disaster in Bucharest, and not only there, made us understand better how hard it was for the Japanese.

I want to thank the Japanese people, through its ambassador in Romania, for the example of solidarity, dedication and courage that the Japanese gave to the world. At the same time, the disaster of March 11 showed us another face of Japan: we saw the love, respect and humility of the Japanese imperial family in response to the distress of the Japanese people,” said Basescu.

President Basescu and his wife Maria on Wednesday attended a commemoration event in Bucharest of the March 11, 2011 major earthquake that hit Japan.

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