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Tuesday
Mar222011

'With a Very Heavy Heart,' Clinton Signs Book of Condolences at Japanese Embassy

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Following Vice President Biden’s stop Tuesday morning and President Obama’s stop last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday visited the Japanese embassy in Washington, D.C., to sign the condolence book for the victims of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

The Secretary spent numerous minutes writing in the book in silence. Her written note said:

“At a time of unprecedented disaster there is unprecedented sympathy and solidarity for the Japanese people from the American people. Our prayers, thoughts and hearts are with you and in the months and years ahead as you rebuild and recover.  But one thing that shines through is the resilient spirit of Japan which is an inspiration to us all. The United States is your friend, partner, and ally. We will stand with you now and into the future. God Bless Japan, Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

Afterward Clinton said that “it is with a very heavy heart” that she came to the embassy Tuesday to pay her respects to the people of Japan.

The Japanese ambassador to the United States, Ichiro Fujisaki, thanked Clinton and the United States for support teams on the ground during the crisis.

“It’s an honor to stand with Japan,” the Secretary said. “Japan’s generosity to people around the world is so well known. In the midst of disasters large and small you see the assistance that comes from Japan. And there has been an outpouring of support now in your time of need.”

Mrs. Clinton signed the book amid vases of flowers and handwritten cards from local area children to the people of Japan. “There is hope,” one card said. Another had a drawn picture of sun with a smiley face. Vice President Biden signed the same condolence book Tuesday morning, and President Obama signed last Thursday.

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