Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda expresses condolences to Sikkim Earthquake victims

Tokyo, Oct 4 (PTI) Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar today met Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda here and discussed with him the whole gamut of bilateral relations.

Kumar, who is leading a parliamentary delegation to Japan, called on the Prime Minister and also met speaker of the House of Representatives in the Japanese Diet, Takahiro Yokomichi.

During their meeting, Prime Minister Noda said in a lighter vein that Japan was a tourist friendly country and more and more Indians were welcome to visit it.

During her interaction with her Japanese counterpart, Kumar referred to her emotional trip to Hiroshima, while also paying homage to the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, reiterating India''s commitment to offer all possible help during the crisis, said an official statement.

Yokomichi, on his part, expressed his condolences for the victims of the recent earthquake in Sikkim while also thanking the Indian government for its support in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Kumar also said that India was looking forward to receiving the Japanese Prime Minister in December.

The delegation also met the Emperor and the Empress of Japan at the Imperial Palace.

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