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Text of report by Japanese Foreign Ministry website on 20 June
[Full text of speech by Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba at United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). From "What's New" link]
June 20, 2012
Over 15 months have now passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. Japan is steadily advancing along the path of reconstruction. In attending the largest international conference being held this year, I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Japanese people, to express our gratitude for the generous and warm support and encouragement we received from all over the world.
The theme of Rio+20 has a special significance for Japan, in the wake of this unprecedented catastrophe. The Japanese people - witnesses to the overwhelming destructive power of the forces of nature …