H.E. Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India, today issued the following statement:
“I am deeply saddened by the news of tragic loss of many innocent lives and thousands of people being forced out of their homes due to the recent heavy rainfall, widespread flooding and landslides in various states, especially the State of Kerala.
“On behalf of the people of Japan, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the people of India. Our thoughts and sincere prayers are with the people of India and the unfortunate victims, especially those who lost their near and dear ones, in this difficult time. Japan is ready to provide any assistance when needed by the Government of India.