Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) in Little Tokyo for a memorial service for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on Thursday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the JACCC Plaza, 244 S. San Pedro St.
“On behalf of all Angelenos, I want to extend our thoughts and prayers to the people of Japan, as well as to the family and friends of victims affected by this horrible tragedy,” Villaraigosa said in a statement.
“The City of Los Angeles stands ready and willing to help in any way it can to ease the suffering and aide in the recovery of this devastating earthquake.”
The interfaith service and community gathering will be open to the public. There will be representatives from various Japanese disaster relief funds for individuals who wish to make a donation.
The event is co-sponsored by Asia America Symphony Orchestra, Cold Tofu Improv, East West Players, Go For Broke National Education Center, Japan America Society, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, Japanese American Citizens League – Pacific Southwest District, Japanese American National Museum, Keiro Senior Health Services, Little Tokyo Business Association, Little Tokyo Roots, Little Tokyo Senior Residents Association, Little Tokyo Service Center, METRO, Mikawaya, Nikkei Interfaith Council, Nisei Week Foundation, Pacific Commerce Bank, The Robert Group, and U.S.-Japan Council.