Japanese demonstrated ecological safety of their food in Astana 14 марта 2012, 10:59
Campaign timed to anniversary of Japanese earthquake. ©REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
The Embassy of Japan to Kazakhstan organized a reception in Astana timed to the anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit eastern Japan on March 11, 2011, Tengrinews.kz reports. As a gratitude for support in restoration after the earthquake, the guests were welcomed with sake made of the rice grown up in the most damaged area of Japan. March 11, 2011 the tsunami caused by the shocks seriously damaged Fukushima-1 nuclear power station. A radiation leakage was detected and the power station was almost destroyed.
Japanese ambassador Yuzo Harada expressed gratitude to Kazakhstan government and people who provided food and financial aid and morally supported the Japanese people. "Today we have prepared some rice sake from the most damaged region, North-East part of the country. The rice grown in this region is also used in sushi today. Rice and rice wine are considered the best in Japan. This is how we want to assure you of restoration of the most damaged region. The food from this region has been carefully checked and is very safe," the Ambassador said.
The reception was attended by those who rendered material and moral support to Japan. They included Majilis deputies. Kazakhstan sent humanitarian aid of 33 tons of canned meat and $1 million was transferred to Japanese Red Cross.