Japanese Prime Minister thanks Sweden all their help in the wake of the natural and nuclear disaster.


Thursday, 21 April 2011
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan thanks Sweden for the rapid assistance Sweden gave Japan in the wake of the earthquake that stroke the country on 11 March.

In an open letter published on the Swedish news paper Svnska Dagbladet's online edition, the Japanese head describes the Japanese people's gratitude and that it understood "the need of a friend"


“Sweden was among the handful of countries that offered their assistance as early as the day of the earthquake occurred. Since then we have received support from Sweden through various channels and at different levels. Among other things,  two experts from the Swedish agency,  the Authority for Civil Contingencies (MSB) to the two teams, one of which had been put together by the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) and the other by the European Civil Protection (EUCP), and they are now back in Sweden after having completed their mission. We've also got a nice and heart warming letter from an eight-year old Swedish boy who wanted to donate his entire monthly allowance to buy water for the disaster. I wish to express our sincere gratitude for all the love, kindness and help that the Swedish people have shown and offered us.” Except of the letter

The letter also contains promise that the Japanese government would thoroughly investigate what happened and the future work that can be carried out to promote environmentally friendly energy sources.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has also announced that the evacuation zone around the wrecked nuclear power station Fukushima is now off-limits.

The evacuation zone is currently 2 miles, and so far it has meant that residents in the border zone have been forced to leave their homes.
But now restrictions within the evacuation zone have been tightened, and it may in general not be entered.

The reason for the ban is that it is said that about at least 60 families are still living within the zone, despite continuous radiation risk, reports the Japanese news agency Kyodo.

Since the nuclear power plant in Fukushima cooling systems were eliminated by the natural disaster, a series of explosions and radioactive leaks have occurred.

“The power plant is not stable. We have asked residents not to go into that area because it contains a major health risk, "said government spokesman Yukio Edan´┐Ż.
The measure will take effect at midnight on Friday night local time.
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