May 1, 2020
I have been impressed by how communities around the world have responded to this difficult time, as we have come together to address the coronavirus pandemic. I would like to express my condolences to the families and friends of those who have passed away. I would also like to express my sympathy to those who are suffering from this disease.
As Japan's envoy to the United States of America, I would like to thank all of the people who have worked so hard to support the Japanese nationals and everyone else living in the United States. That includes dedicated medical professionals, as well as the people who work hard every day to support our lives.
During this difficult time, Japanese businesses across the United States have also proven that they are vital members of their communities. These businesses have used their capabilities to support the production of ventilators, masks and face shields, and have also made donations to support the people fighting this crisis.
International cooperation will be critical for combating this pandemic. I applaud the leadership of the United States, who as the Chair of the G7, is organizing a monthly Summit Video Teleconference Meeting that has put leaders in direct communication. Japan, as a close ally of the United States, supports their strong leadership and will be a steady partner as the international response unfolds. As the Ambassador of Japan, I vow to do my part to build our relationship at this critical moment.
I know that the strong ties between our countries will be one of the pillars we can build on as we find our way forward. As we create that path, I hope that you and your family and friends remain safe, and I look forward to seeing all of you face-to-face again in the near future.
SUGIYAMA Shinsuke J.