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JCP sends telegram of sympathy to Chinese president


Asked to comment on the devastating earthquake that struck eastern Sichuan Province, China, on May 12, Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo said, gThe size of the earthquake was enormous. Ifm very concerned about the wide spreading damage in the region.h


Stressing that Japan, an earthquake prone country, is rich in experience, technology, and knowledge concerning earthquakes, Shii said, gThe urgent task is to carry out rescue operations as swiftly as possible during the initial stages of the disaster. The Japanese government should discuss with the Chinese government how best Japan can assist in the relief activities.h 


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In a telegram to Chinese President Hu Jintao on May 13, Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo expressed sympathy with the victims of the powerful earthquake that hit Sichuan Province on May 12 as follows:


gSaddened to learn that so many people have been left dead or wounded in the powerful earthquake that struck Sichuan Province, where many houses have collapsed, I would like on behalf of the Japanese Communist Party to offer my heartfelt sympathy with the government and people of China.


Offering my condolences to those who lost their loved ones, I wish that people in the disaster areas receive relief, recover as early as possible, and rebuild their infrastructure.h                                  - Akahata, May 14, 2008


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