私たちの新たな歩み — 世界の人々に支えられて【NGO連携】

2011年6月10日

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3月11日の午後、マグニチュード9.0という大地震とそれによる巨大津波が東北沿岸部を襲い、多数の行方不明者も含め2万数千の尊い人命が奪われました。この東日本大震災で亡くなられた方々に衷心より哀悼の意を表します。また、被災された多くの方々に心からお見舞いを申し上げます。

大震災初期の人命救助にはじまり、市街地や農地を埋め尽くした瓦礫の処理、福島第一原子力発電所の事故対処など、今も多くの人々が被災地で懸命な復旧作業を続けており、9万人近い被災者の皆さんが各地の避難所で不自由な生活を強いられています。これらの方々のご尽力、ご苦労、また限りの無い忍耐力を思うたびに、心からの敬意と一日も早い、安心で安全な郷土の復興を願わずにはいられません。

この未曾有の大震災に直面した私たちに対して、緊急援助隊の派遣、義援金や緊急支援物資の提供など、様々な形で、これまでに世界159ヵ国・地域の人々と43の国際機関から救助隊派遣や物資の供与などの大変暖かい支援が寄せられ、あるいは表明されています。「国づくり、人づくり、心のふれあい」をモットーに、日頃から開発途上国の人々との国際協力を任務としているJICAの関係者にとっても、多くの開発途上国の人々からの暖かい励ましの言葉と力強い支援は何よりの力となっています。

わがTICに対しても、各国の帰国研修員の方々から、数多くのお見舞いと励ましのメッセージを戴きました。本来であれば、これらのご厚情に一つ一つお礼を申し上げるべきですが、この場をお借りして私たちのせめてもの感謝の意を申し上げるとともに、お互いの絆をさらに強め、開発支援を通じた平和で豊かな社会の実現に今後とも努力を続けることが責務であると決意を新たにしています。

今回の大震災の復興までには、巨額の資金と長い時間が必要ですし、何より私たちの未来への強い希望と信念、団結力と忍耐力が不可欠です。1923年の15万人以上の犠牲者を出した関東大震災や第二次世界大戦後の復興に比べても、それは単なる復旧ではなく、より良い社会とより豊かな人々の暮らしを実現する機会として大きな意味があると考えます。

研修事業に関わる多くの人々、特に新たに研修に参加される研修員の皆さんとは、このような私たちの願いを共有したいと強く思います。

東京国際センター所長 大竹 祐二

Our New Way Forward - Supported by People around the World

In the afternoon of March 11, coastal areas of Japan’s Tohoku region were struck by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the resulting giant tsunami, causing nearly thirty thousand casualties, including more than fifteen thousand confirmed deaths and many thousands of missing people. I would like to express my sincerest condolences to all those who have lost their lives, and to also extend my deepest sympathies to all those otherwise affected in its aftermath.

In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, the initial priorities for the many involved in the strenuous disaster recovery efforts were saving lives and dealing with the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The latter continues even now alongside other activities, such as the clearing of urban and agricultural areas from the wreckage under which they were buried. At present, nearly ninety thousand refugees are forced to live in trying conditions in shelters through the region. I have the greatest respect for the efforts, hardships, and limitless endurance of these people and it is my fervent wish that they are able to safely return to their lives and homes without fear as quickly as possible.

To aid this country as we are confronted by the aftermath of this great earthquake, the worst recorded in our memories, we have been given a diverse variety of support from the peoples of 159 countries around the world, including the sending of rescue teams, and the provision of donations and emergency supplies. For JICA personnel, whose constant mission is international co-operation with people in developing countries and whose mission is to help nation-building, through human resources development, nothing is more motivating than receiving warm words of encouragement and strong support from so many people from such countries.

We at JICA Tokyo, also have received numerous condolences and messages of support from former participants of JICA’s Training and Dialogue Programs and other related parties from around the world. Although we ought in due course to thank individually each and everyone such person for their kindness, let me take this opportunity to express our gratitude and to strengthen the bonds between our supporters and us, and to renew our continuing commitment to strive for the creation of a peaceful and affluent world through further development support.

It will take vast amount of funds and a long period of time until the post-earthquake reconstruction is over, and what is most essential is that we look to the future with a deep sense of hope and faith, and that we have solidarity and perseverance. Even when compared with the reconstruction after the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake, in which about one hundred fifty thousand people lost their lives, or after World War II, rebuilding after the Great East Japan Earthquake will be no simple matter, but I believe that it will be a deeply meaningful opportunity to create a better society with more affluent lives for its people.

I dearly wish that the many people involved in our Training and Dialogue Programs, especially new participants in our Programs, will share in the above hopes of ours.

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Director General,
JICA Tokyo International Center