Suntory’s Shigeru Sarada has received more than 100 eMails in the aftermath of the Japanese tsunami from people expressing sympathy for the victims in Japan. Tens of thousands of dollars in donations have been offered. Sarada suggests those concerned donate to the Japan Red Cross Society.
Additionally, Sarada expresses his appreciation on behalf of Suntory to everyone taking actions in this letter:
To everyone in the industry who made donations for the Pacific earthquake in Japan:
Today, I’d like to represent the people of Japan and thank everyone for taking such speedy actions with generous donations to the victims and sufferers of the Pacific earthquake that hit Japan on March 11. As you know, this earthquake is unparalleled in our history and caused tremendous loss of people’s lives, facilities, business activities, beautiful sceneries and infrastructure, which took such a long time to build.
With unprecedented energy 180 times bigger than the massive Hanshin (Japan) earthquake, which took place close to Kobe (Japan) 16 years ago, the damage was devastating. Still, thousands are missing and so many people are forced to live in evacuation centers with no homes or even no families to go back to.
We are going through pain and sorrow as if a part of our body was ripped off, but from your support and good will, we have regained our courage to face up to reconstruction activities that will probably take several decades to complete. Today, we appreciate the sympathy and tenderness from people all over the world more than ever before. Once again, I’d like to send my most sincere thanks for your enthusiastic support and kindness. Now is the time for all Japanese to get together and for each one of us to do our best to overcome the tragedy. I believe Japan will be able to make an extremely valuable contribution to the world again in the near future. We will reconstruct and meet the challenge of these difficult times.