A warm note of gratitude

Published: Fri 10 Mar 2017, 7:55 PM

Last updated: Fri 10 Mar 2017, 9:57 PM

The city of Hiraizumi in northern Japan, Iwate Prefecture, was struck with an earthquake in 2011. It endured a lot of physical damage and is still in the process of rebuilding itself. To my surprise and joy, Hiraizumi was recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Site after the incident. It's been six years and with the heartwarming support and assistance of several countries in the world, this city and whole of Japan are rebuilding itself - step by step. We, Japanese people, have received so much support, assistance and warm words of encouragement from everyone in the world. We cannot thank enough for that. Tokyo is preparing to host 2020 Summer Olympics. Some athletes from the devastated areas, too, might take part in it. At the Olympic Games, we will showcase our Samurai-spirit to all the world, and wait to host world travellers from everywhere. If you come to Japan, do visit us.
-Tetsuo Ogawa, Japan
 Love and happiness in the UAE
I am writing in reference to the article on finding love and happiness in the UAE published in Khaleej Times on March 10. I wasn't surprised to read about the people mentioned in the story, for I, too, have benefitted immensely from my life in Dubai. The emirate has given us so much in terms of a better quality of life, opportunities to grow and prosper, safety, security and above all, peace of mind. I on behalf of the expatriate community wish to thank the government and rulers of the emirates for providing us with such a platform.
-Shramshakti Dubey, Dubai

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