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Sunday
Apr172011

U.S. to Partner with Japan in Rebuilding Effort

Win McNamee/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Japan Sunday, where she announced plans for the U.S. to help Japan with the rebuilding effort of the country, as Japan seeks to rebound following the devastation left by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on March 11.

Secretary Clinton met with Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto on Sunday, and following their meeting, Clinton expressed admiration for how Japanese officials have handled the crisis and reassured the Japanese people that they had the support of the U.S.

“We pledge once again our steadfast support for you and for your future recovery,” Secretary Clinton said. “We are very confident that Japan will demonstrate the resilience that we have seen during this crisis in the months ahead as you resume the very strong position that you hold in the world today."

Secretary Clinton and Minister Matsumoto announced that the effort to rebuild Japan will be a public-private partnership between the two nations. Also in Japan on Sunday, was U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue, who said that he and other U.S. officials intend to encourage American businesses to continue doing business in Japan.

“We will tell them that the people and businesses of Japan have acted in an extraordinary fashion to help and support each other, that Japan is open for business, and that American companies have every reason to stay fully engaged in this important economy,” said Donohue.

According to a translated statement released by the U.S. Department of State, Minister Matsumoto expressed his gratitude the U.S. and also called on other countries to join in the rebuilding effort.

“Japan will formulate its reconstruction plan,” Matsumoto said. “And, based upon the plan, the -- we would like to have cooperation from the U.S. and other countries in the world, so that we can proceed rapidly in the direction of reconstruction.”

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