July 8, 2012, Remarks by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan
"Many Japanese people have strong, special sentiments to the word "reconstruction." Having been reduced to the ashes in the Second World War, Japan's post war economic growth could not have been possible without the support from other countries. Encouragement and support from the world greatly contributed to the recovery in the affected areas, which was stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March last year, causing an unprecedented level of damage. The Japanese people have felt many times that the sense of being connected to someone in the world will give hope and courage for tomorrow to people in despair and anxiety. This is why Japan, as a member of the international community, renews its commitment to continuously assist Afghanistan's reconstruction."