Prime Minister NODA's BLOG

April 30, 2012, at the reception hosted by Ms. Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State

"This year marks the 100th anniversary since Japan and the United States, on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean, began to share in common springs in which we enjoy sakura cherry blossoms. Now, having reconfirmed the reliable kizuna bonds of friendship between Japan and the U.S. as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake, I consider this to be an ideal opportunity to sow seeds of Japan-U.S. friendly relations that will make flowers bloom a hundred years into the future, making these kizuna bonds stronger still."

Note:
In 1912, Japan presented to the United States some 3,000
sakura cherry trees, which were planted along the banks of the Potomac River. These trees, including some of the original trees, bloom in a gorgeous way annually.

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