Guam – In what Japan Consul General Yoshiyuki Kimura described as a show of “solidarity and friendship,” Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido paid a courtesy visit to the Consul General to sign a message in the Book of Condolence for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011.
[Chief Justice Carbullido signing the Book of Condolence as Consul General Kimura looks on]
“Our community was heartsick upon hearing the news of the horrific devastation and tragedy that befell your country and, even as it continued to unfold before our eyes, Guamanian friends and families of your countrymen immediately mobilized to assist in any way they could,” wrote Chief Justice Carbullido. “As the country – and the world – continues to reel in the aftermath of this catastrophe, we are confident that the Japanese people, in their quiet but unrelenting resilience, will endure and rise from this event as strong a nation as ever.”
Chief Justice Carbullido then pledged the support of the Judicial Branch, who will be conducting a Tsunami Relief Drive from March 24 to April 1 among the employees of the judiciary. “Because ethics rules prohibit the judiciary from soliciting donations, our contribution may be quite small in comparison to other agencies,” warned Carbullido. In response, Kimura graciously declared, “Kind words and kind actions are very much appreciated in times of suffering. Any contribution, no matter how big or small, are, to us, considered a treasure.”