Lady Gaga has sent a message of solidarity and hope to the people of Japan on the 10th anniversary of the country’s massive earthquake and tsunami, saying the resilience of its people offers hope in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The American song writer and actress said- “Through the years, seeing and hearing about the vast recovery of your beautiful cities, I have so much respect to the people of Japan for your strength, kindness and love for each other,” and added that – “It gives hope to the people now that are fighting through the COVID pandemic all around the world.”
According to her- “It seems like yesterday that I was watching the shocking footage of the devastating earthquake and tsunami on the news and thinking, what can I do to help.
“I can also imagine there are still many people fighting through the pain, emotionally and mentally, so let’s all continue to support each other, be kind to each other and love each other,” she said and ended her message with- ‘I love you’ in Japanese.
It would be recalled that a 9.0-magnitude quake – one of the strongest on record – and tsunami hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, claiming nearly 20,000 victims, destroying towns and triggering nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima, the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
Following the disaster, Lady Gaga contributed a song to the “Songs for Japan” charity album and $1.5 million to relief funds from the sales of a wristband on her website. She also performed at a benefit show for the Japanese Red Cross.