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TOKYO — Japan government officials presented the first meeting of nearly 100 leaders in the local and global Christian community gathering in Tokyo to plan long and short term relief for the disaster-ridden country with a sobering letter Tuesday.

 

Called the “Christian Relief and Disaster Information Exchange,” the historic meeting with representatives from many denominations and organizations was welcomed with open arms.

 

“We prepared the best we could, but we could not overcome 30,000 dead and missing, and 300,000 in evacuation centers,” stated the letter. “We must cooperate. This is not a short term problem. Thank you for all for the support, prayers, and involvement from around the world.”

 

FULL STORY BY ALEX MURASHKO AT PEACE IN JAPAN

PHOTO: Nakonosawa, Japan – A notice at a local junior high school points out 3 missing women. Carolyn Cole/LA Times