The U.S. air transport support began for the Kumamoto Earthquake disaster areas where aftershocks continue. In the disaster areas suffering severe disruption of transportation network, local government officials, police, firefighters, the Self Defense Forces and volunteers continue search and rescue operations, recovery activities and evacuee support. Under such emergency situation caused by sudden major disasters, support from a foreign country is greatly appreciated. However, it is incomprehensible that some criticize the U.S. forces from ideological standpoints despite the fact that those forces are assisting Japanese disaster victims experiencing hardships.
G7 foreign ministers’ meeting was held in Hiroshima and concluded after adopting the Hiroshima Declaration on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
The Nuclear Security Summit was held in Washington, D.C. with participation of heads of states and others from more than 50 countries in the world. The summit adopted a joint statement which focused on prevention of terrorism using nuclear materials as a lasting priority.
The security legislations which allow limited exercise of Japan’s right to collective self-defense went into effect. Although some think that “improvement of defense legislations has been completed,” the legislations still contain many defects in comparison to security legislations of major countries in the world. Continuous improvement of legislations should not be neglected in the future for national security assurance.
The National People’s Congress of China, equivalent to Japan’s Diet, completed its 12-day session.
As of March 11, five years have transpired since the Great East Japan Earthquake. 15,894 people have perished and 2,561 people are still missing. We want to offer a prayer of condolence for people who lost their lives and renew our determination for recovery.
br>Value of human bondage felt Many people still have vivid memories of the initial shock of that tragic day and ensuing anxiety, insecurity and sadness. Time stopped on that day in the minds of many victims of the disaster who lost their beloved family members and friends