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316 天皇のお言葉

3・16 天皇のお言葉

この度の東北地方太平洋沖地震は,マグニチュード9.0という例を見ない規模の巨大地震であり,被災地の悲惨な状況に深く心を痛めています。地震や津波による死者の数は日を追って増加し,犠牲者が何人になるのかも分かりません。一人でも多くの人の無事が確認されることを願っています。また,現在,原子力発電所の状況が予断を許さぬものであることを深く案じ,関係者の尽力により事態の更なる悪化が回避されることを切に願っています。

現在,国を挙げての救援活動が進められていますが,厳しい寒さの中で,多くの人々が,食糧,飲料水,燃料などの不足により,極めて苦しい避難生活を余儀なくされています。その速やかな救済のために全力を挙げることにより,被災者の状況が少しでも好転し,人々の復興への希望につながっていくことを心から願わずにはいられません。そして,何にも増して,この大災害を生き抜き,被災者としての自らを励ましつつ,これからの日々を生きようとしている人々の雄々しさに深く胸を打たれています。

自衛隊,警察,消防,海上保安庁を始めとする国や地方自治体の人々,諸外国から救援のために来日した人々,国内の様々な救援組織に属する人々が,余震の続く危険な状況の中で,日夜救援活動を進めている努力に感謝し,その労を深くねぎらいたく思います。

今回,世界各国の元首から相次いでお見舞いの電報が届き,その多くに各国国民の気持ちが被災者と共にあるとの言葉が添えられていました。これを被災地の人々にお伝えします。

海外においては,この深い悲しみの中で,日本人が,取り乱すことなく助け合い,秩序ある対応を示していることに触れた論調も多いと聞いています。これからも皆が相携え,いたわり合って,この不幸な時期を乗り越えることを衷心より願っています。

被災者のこれからの苦難の日々を,私たち皆が,様々な形で少しでも多く分かち合っていくことが大切であろうと思います。被災した人々が決して希望を捨てることなく,身体を大切に明日からの日々を生き抜いてくれるよう,また,国民一人びとりが,被災した各地域の上にこれからも長く心を寄せ,被災者と共にそれぞれの地域の復興の道のりを見守り続けていくことを心より願っています。

A Message from His Majesty The Emperor (March 16, 2011)

I am deeply saddened by the devastating situation in the areas hit by the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake, an unprecedented 9.0-magnitude earthquake, which struck Japan on March 11th. The number of casualties claimed by the quake and the ensuing tsunami continues to rise by the day, and we do not yet know how many people have lost their lives. I am praying that the safety of as many people as possible will be confirmed. My other grave concern now is the serious and unpredictable condition of the affected nuclear power plant. I earnestly hope that through the all-out efforts of all those concerned, further deterioration of the situation will be averted.

Relief operations are now under way with the government mobilizing all its capabilities, but, in the bitter cold, many people who were forced to evacuate are facing extremely difficult living conditions due to shortages of food, drinking water and fuel. I can only hope that by making every effort to promptly implement relief for evacuees, their conditions will improve, even if only gradually, and that their hope for eventual reconstruction will be rekindled. I would like to let you know how deeply touched I am by the courage of those victims who have survived this catastrophe and who, by bracing themselves, are demonstrating their determination to live on.

I wish to express my appreciation to the members of the Self-Defense Forces, the police, the fire department, the Japan Coast Guard and other central and local governments and related institutions, as well as people who have come from overseas for relief operations and the members of various domestic relief organizations, for engaging in relief activity round the clock, defying the danger of recurring aftershocks. I wish to express my deepest gratitude to them.

I have been receiving, by cable, messages of sympathy from the heads of state of countries around the world, and it was mentioned in many of those messages that the thoughts of the peoples of those countries are with the victims of the disaster. These messages I would like to convey to the people in the afflicted regions.

I have been told that many overseas media are reporting that, in the midst of deep sorrow, the Japanese people are responding to the situation in a remarkably orderly manner, and helping each other without losing composure. It is my heartfelt hope that the people will continue to work hand in hand, treating each other with compassion, in order to overcome these trying times.

I believe it extremely important for us all to share with the victims as much as possible, in whatever way we can, their hardship in the coming days. It is my sincere hope that those who have been affected by the disaster will never give up hope and take good care of themselves as they live through the days ahead, and that each and every Japanese will continue to care for the afflicted areas and the people for years to come and, together with the afflicted, watch over and support their path to recovery.

3.11南相馬

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