WASHINGTON — Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement March 11 in response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
“Our prayers and condolences are with the people of Japan who are suffering from the devastating impact of the deadly earthquake and tsunami. As the member of Congress who represents Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, I know this tragedy has directly and personally affected my constituents whose friends and relatives live in Japan. My thoughts and prayers are also with them.
“In my phone call today to the consul general of Japan in Los Angeles, Junichi Hara, I expressed to him my deepest sympathies and assured him that I stand with the president and my congressional colleagues in our unified offer of aid and support to Japan during this difficult time. While today’s events have resulted in loss of life and property, I am confident that Japan will pull through this tragedy and become an even better and stronger country.”
California’s 34th Congressional District and the City of Los Angeles have deep ties to Japan. Nagoya is a sister city of Los Angeles. In the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, Little Tokyo is one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. In addition to being the host of the annual Nisei Week Festival, Little Tokyo has many establishments that pay tribute to Japanese and Japanese American culture, including the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and the Japanese American National Museum.
A memorial service for the victims was held March 17 in JACCC Plaza. A candlelight vigil is planned in JANM Plaza, First and Central, on Sunday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their own candles.