JAKARTA – About 600 people in Indonesia’s Aceh Province, which was devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2004, participated in a ceremony Monday to commemorate the second anniversary of a similar catastrophe that ravaged the Tohoku region in 2011.
Schoolchildren, representatives of society and nongovernmental organizations, government officials and others participated in the “Solidarity for Japan” ceremony, which was organized by the Indonesia-Japan Friendship Forum at a schoolhouse in Peukan Bada, a village near the provincial capital, Banda Aceh.
“The disaster, which is now being commemorated by the Acehnese people, has shown that Acehnese and Japanese people are brothers and sisters and we will always be together to develop Aceh and Japan,” Yuji Hamada, Japanese consul general in Medan, said at the ceremony.
Hamada led the gathering in silent prayer at 2:46 p.m., the time when the magnitude 9.0 quake struck Japan on March 11, 2011.
Umar Abdullah Aziz, secretary general of Panglima Laot Aceh, an association of Acehnese fishermen, expressed hope that the commemoration can strengthen solidarity and cooperation between the two countries, particularly in seeking ways to reduce tsunami risks.
“Like in Aceh, many victims in the Japanese tsunami were also fishermen,” Aziz said.
Closing the ceremony, students dressed in red-colored clothes formed the Japanese character for “kizuna,” a word that means bonds between people.
Aceh alone lost some 180,000 people in the magnitude 9.1 quake and tsunami that struck on Dec. 26, 2004.
Source: Japan Times
posting this cause those two area do have a connection. Japan has helped us a lot during the 2004 tsunami's aftermath. And during the 2011 tsunami's aftermath, Indonesia have tried their best to return the favor. Above all, we share the same feeling.