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Pray For Japan - Japan Earthquake

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Pray For Japan - Japan Earthquake

My heart is with Japan and the Japanese people. It is very painful to think about the victims of the earthquake and I feel so helpless not to be able to do anything for them. It is devastating to know how bad the damage is, and that it is getting worse every day.

In this difficult situation, I hear many Japanese are trying to help each other, and their sense of morality is very high. I am very proud of the Japanese. I can only pray for Japan, but I truly believe that the Japanese will united and show their true ability, and overcome the hardship. Here is a great column by Nicolas Kristof about the Japanese spirit.

Japanese Translation

日本に祈りを

日本のこと、日本人のことを、心から案じています。地震の被災者の方々のことを思うと、とても心が痛みます。何もできないことが、本当につらいです。被害の大きさが明らかになるごとに、そして毎日それがひどくなっていくのには、打ちひしがれる思いです。

このような苦難の中、日本人の多くはお互いに助け合い、規律をきちんと守っていると聞きます。そういった日本人の態度を、私はとても誇りに思います。私にはただ祈ることしかできませんが、日本人が一丸となって、その底力をみせ、必ずこの困難を克服できることを信じています。日本人の精神力について、ニコラスクリストフ氏がすばらしい記事を書いておられるので、ぜひ読んでみてください。

Romaji Translation

Nihon no koto, nihon-jin no koto o, kokoro kara anjite imasu. Jishin no hisaisha no katagata no koto o omou to, totemo kokoro ga itamimasu. Nanimo dekinai koto ga, hontouni tsurai desu. Higai no ookisa ga akirakani narugoto ni, soshite mainichi sore ga hidoku natte iku no niwa, uchihishigareru omoi desu.

Kono youna kunan no naka, nihon-jin no ooku wa otagaini tasukeai, kiritsu o kichinto mamotteiru to kikimasu. Sou itta nihon-jin no taido o, watashi wa totemo hokori ni omoimasu. Watashi niwa tada inoru koto shika dekimasen ga, nihon-jin ga ichigan to natte, sono sokojikara o mise, kanarazu kono konnan o kokufuku dekiru koto o shinjite imasu. Nihon-jin no seishinryoku ni tsuite, nikorasu kurisutofu-shi ga subarashii kiji o kaite orareru node, zehi yonde mite kudasai.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

I feel so helpless not to be able to do anything.

  • Nanimo dekinai koto ga, hontouni tsurai desu.
  • なにも できないことが ほんとうに つらいです。
  • 何もできないことが、本当につらいです。

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