Japanese FM: 'Japan is open for business and travel'

April 30, 2011 09:14


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Japan will rely on its "signature strength" of high technology, safety, and security within its society to reconstruct damage caused to the country after it was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March, Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto wrote on Friday in an op-ed for the International Herald Tribune.

Matsumoto promised that Japan would rebuild itself into a more "dynamic" country using support provided from all over the globe. Addressing strict travel restrictions on the country, Matsumoto declared: "Japan is and will remain open for business and travel. International organizations such as the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Maritime Organization and the World Health Organization have been making objective assessments, and state that excessive travel restriction measures are unnecessary."

"I would call on all readers to trust such information, rather than being misguided by sensational media reports, and come to Japan with peace of mind for sightseeing, study, business or any other purposes," the Japanese foreign minister said.

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