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Lady Gaga posts video message of support for Japan on 10th anniv. of quake, tsunami

In this Jan. 20, 2021 file photo, Lady Gaga sings the national anthem during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

TOKYO -- U.S. singer-songwriter Lady Gaga sent a message of support to Japan through Twitter on the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11, praising people for their strength and kindness.

    Gaga's video message titled "Aishitemasu Japan" (I love you, Japan), was also published on YouTube. "It seems like yesterday that I was watching the shocking footage of the devastating earthquake and tsunami on the news and thinking, 'What can I do to help?' I remember making a lot of phone calls that day," she said.

    "Through the years seeing and hearing about the vast recovery of your beautiful cities, I have so much respect to the people of Japan for your strength, kindness, and love for each other."

    Gaga said that with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing around the world, she imagined there were "still many people fighting through the pain, emotionally and mentally," and added. "So, let's all continue to support each other, be kind to each other, and love each other. I'm always praying for you, Japan, for a better world."

    In closing, she said, "We still live in a difficult time with the coronavirus. Please take care of yourself, and be kind to yourself and to the people around you. I look forward to coming back to Japan soon. Aishiteimasu."

    (Mainichi)

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