Kasugai city officials responded late last week to inquiries from the City of Kelowna about the state of affairs in Japan, and specifically to our sister city.
Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd and city staff had sent messages to their counterparts in Kasugai after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, asking if Kelowna residents could help in any way.
“On behalf of the city of Kasugai, I would like to extend our gratitude to you for sending us a letter of sympathy from the heart just after the disaster of Tohoku earthquake which attacked the eastern Japan,” said Kasugai Mayor Futoshi Ito in written response to Shepherd’s inquiry.
“We’re relieved that our friends in Kasugai were not directly affected by this awful disaster, but we know they will feel the effects of this and we want to offer whatever support we can to all the people of Japan,” said Shepherd.
“Thank you very much for your concern about the citizens of Kasugai,” responded Kenji Osakabe, also with the City of Kasugai in a faxed letter to Kelowna city manager Ron Mattiussi.
“Fortunately, Kasugai is far from the centre of the earthquake. We have already started helping people in the damaged areas.
“We would like to tell the City of Kelowna staff about the status of Kasugai so they feel relieved.”