Japan’s foreign minister has been at centre stage in Paris, at talks among the G8 leading industrialised countries. Foreign minister Alain Juppé of this year’s presiding nation, France, voiced the group’s pledge of support for Japan. At the same time, it expressed confidence in Tokyo’s ability to manage the crisis.
Top Japanese diplomat Takeati Matsumoto said: “We are making every necessary effort to transmit information to foreign nationals in Japan during this catastrophe, and I would ask other countries to keep cool heads in dealing with it.”
Matsumoto also gave thanks for international solidarity. Tokyo said more than 90 countries and international organisations had offered earthquake recovery help.