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Brussels, 9 March 2012

Joint declaration by European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy on the occasion of the anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

The terrible events of 11 March 2011 shocked the entire world by their suddenness and scale. As the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake approaches, we want to reaffirm, on behalf of the European Union, our deepest sympathy for the families of those who lost their lives and our profound admiration for the strength that the people of Japan have shown in the face of adversity.

In the spirit of the EU-Japan "Kizuna" Summit of May last year, we remain committed to building even closer ties of friendship with Japan and further strengthening the EU-Japan strategic partnership.

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