The Honorable Takuji Hanatani
Consul General of Japan
One Alliance Center, Suite 1600
3500 Lenox Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Dear Mr. Hanatani:
On behalf of the citizens of the State of Georgia, Sandra and I express our heartfelt condolences on the tragedy unfolding in Japan. The images of the destruction caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami are unbelievable and astonishing in scope. Yet the Japanese people have always shown a resilient spirit, and I am confident that Prime Minister Kan's call to unite and rebuild the country will be met by your countrymen and women.
Our own state representative in Tokyo, Ms. Yumiko Nazakono, and her associate, Mayumi Sato, are both safe. We have heard from them repeatedly throughout the weekend. Our relationship with Japan -- economically, diplomatically, culturally, and educationally -- is so critical to the State. We remain fully committed to it. This challenging time will not diminish the ties that bind us, rather strengthen that bond.
If we may be of service to the Consulate General, do not hesitate to reach out to the Chief of Protocol, Mr. Chris Young. The Japanese people remain in our thoughts and prayers.
From Consulate General of Japan:
In light of the tragic events which have affected so many in Northeast Japan, the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta is opening a Book of Condolences and Encouragement.
The book will be open from Wednesday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 23 of this year, including March 19-21. Open hours will be from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, beginning at 3:00 pm on March 16.
The book will be open in the office of the Consulate General of Japan, located at the following address:
One Alliance Center, 16th Floor
3500 Lenox Road
Atlanta, GA 30326