The Armenian government report that President Serzh Sargsyan made an official visit to Japan this week, and made a special stop in Sendai to greet victims of last year’s earthquake and tsunami disasters. Sargsyan went to the Yuriage Hiyoriyama memorial, which serves as a memory to the victims of March 11th. The president was shown what methods the city had used to recover and overcome the tragedy, as well as taken to temporary shelters to see what the lives were like of those who lost everything.
In speaking to the local residents, President Sargsyan passed on his sympathy and support from those in Armenia. He said that when his country found out about the devastation and suffering in Japan, the people of Armenia kept careful track of what was going on, as well as praying in support. A historic location, the Yerevan Saint Gregory Illuminator Church, offered a holy mass, attended by thousands of believers, to pray for those in the northern Tohoku region who had perished or lost loved ones.
Sargsyan also gave thanks for the assistance Japan provided to Armenia after a large earthquake in 1988, something the president’s nation has never forgotten. He said that he truly believed the Japanese people would overcome and recover from the difficult period, as they have a long history of resilience, and while unfortunate that it took such a terrible event, the nation of Japan will be stronger than ever. The president then departed for Tokyo, where he will meet with government officials on June 6th.