September 23, 2011, Address by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
"I have been deeply moved by the strong feelings of compassion shown by people the world over toward Japan. The world expressed friendship and solidarity as well as praise for the Japanese people immediately after the earthquake. On behalf of the people of Japan, I express my heartfelt gratitude for the helping hands extended from all over the world. These bonds between Japan and the international community will be forever remembered by the Japanese."