Consul General Grateful for Support During Japanese Crisis

The Japanese Consul General says he’s grateful for the sympathy, concerns and assistance Japan has received recently. That’s as he and Nashville officials prepare for a fundraising event to benefit Japan this weekend.

Consul General Hitoshi Sato spoke today alongside Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who just returned from a week in Japan. Sato serves Japanese visitors in several southeastern states, and works with Japanese cultural and business interests in the area. He says he’s received an outpouring of support in recent days.

“I and my colleagues have been deeply touched by a flood of emails, letters and phone calls expressing their concerns and sympathy.”

Sato and Dean are planning the Cherry Blossom Japan Relief Event to raise funds this Saturday.


The Cherry Blossom Japan Relief Event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday with a 2.5 mile “solidarity walk.”

Afterward, around 10:45 music and performances will begin onstage at the public square in downtown Nashville. Demonstrations and booths will be open until around 4 p.m. along with a tent for tax-deductible donations.

Japan is the only country with an officially designated consular office in Nashville.

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