Japan is still reeling from the damaging effects of an earthquake and tsunami that struck the island nation in March, but officials from the country's government Thursday reached out to Alabama and those affected here by another daunting natural disaster.
Representatives from the Japanese government joined Alabama's Attorney General Luther Strange, Alabama Development Office Director Seth Hammett and other state and federal officials at a Montgomery warehouse where they formally accepted the donation of 8,000 blankets and 150 pieces of huge plastic sheeting.
"On behalf of the State of Alabama, I want to express to the citizens of Japan our deep gratitude for this gracious donation to our own disaster victims even as they are still suffering from the aftermath of the tragic earthquake and tsunami that struck their own country," said AG Strange.
Strange said the donation was "a sign of the goodwill between our countries, for which we are thankful."
FEMA will distribute the gift as part of response operations. The donation was a symbol of Japan's appreciation to the United States after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.