WATERTOWN—Immediately following the natural disasters in Japan, the Armenian Relief Society initiated a fundraiser for the relief of earthquake victims and its aftermath. All ARS entities took part in this fundraiser, with the ARS entity in Javakhk being the first to respond to the call of the ARS, Inc. Central Executive Board.
The donation, totaling $23,679.40, was delivered to the Japanese Embassy in Lebanon through the Armenian Relief Cross of Lebanon. For many years, the ARCL Araxie Boulghourdjian Socio-Medical Center in Bourj Hammoud enjoyed cordial relations with the Embassy of Japan, therefore on June 21, a delegation from the Armenian Relief Cross of Lebanon, representing the pan-Armenian ARS family, accompanied by Tamar Der Bedrossian representing the ARS, Inc. Central Executive Board, visited the Japanese Embassy in Beirut, After offering its condolences for the victims of the earthquake and the ensuing calamities, the Chairperson of the ARCL, Taline Kelbashian, presented the Ambassador Mr. Koichi Kawakami, with a check in the name of the Armenian Relief Society.
On this occasion, the Armenian-Japanese friendship and cooperation were discussed between the Ambassador and the ARS delegation. Speaking in the name of the Japanese people, the Ambassador conveyed their deep gratitude to the Armenian people, and particularly to the ARS, for this assistance, stating that cooperation between the two peoples shall continue unabated.
It is worth mentioning here, that in 1988, after the earthquake in Armenia, Japan was among the very first countries to extend a helping hand to the stricken Armenian population of the Spitak.