Marking 3-11: Five Years On

March 7, 2016 

As we mark five years since the catastrophic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters in Japan on March 11, 2011, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission honors the memory of the lives and communities lost in the triple disasters. The Commission stands with the people of Japan in remembrance of the tragic events five years ago, and commends the fortitude of the Japanese people; the outpouring of giving and support; and the immense recovery process, while understanding the challenges that remain.

Established by Congress in 1975, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission plays a prominent role in supporting the robust partnership that has developed between Japan and the United States since 1945.

The Commission’s mission is to preserve and strengthen the bilateral relationship by advancing mutual understanding between the two countries through cultural and intellectual exchange. In so doing, the United States and Japan have deepened their shared commitment to democracy, the rule of law, and peace and economic prosperity throughout the Asia-Pacific.

The Commission looks forward to continuing to work closely with the people of Japan to further strengthen the U.S.-Japan partnership in the future.