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Tokyo Earthquake of 1923
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1.THE WORLD UNITES TO HELP JAPAN
Sympathetic coverage in London Newspapers

Newspapers around the world, particularly in London, wrote lengthy articles and editorials about the earthquake disaster in Japan and the horrible conditions in its aftermath. The articles state that the Japanese traditionally are a courageous people who can endure and overcome many hardships, and that these traits have been fully displayed in the wake of the earthquake. Many of the editorials urged the peoples of the
world to work together to provide the relief required to help Japan recover as quickly as possible.

2.ALL OF CHINA SYMPATHIZES WITH JAPAN

Immediately after the earthquake, government representatives and others from various parts of China converged on Japan. On September 10, six Chinese government officials, diplomatic affairs correspondents and newspaper reporters, 11 leaders from the Communist Youth League, and the deputy ambassador of Zhang Zuo-lin arrived in Shimonoseki and traveled onwards to Tokyo.
Although, due to difficult internal conditions, the Chinese government was unable to help financially, a call for personal donations was made throughout China. Chinese government representatives said that through this effort, friendly relations between China and Japan would be enhanced and the bond between the two countries would be deepened even further.

3.COLONEL MAKINO TELLS OF ZHANG ZO-LIN'S KINDNESS

Colonel Makino responded gratefully to Zhang Zuo-lin's plans to send 500,000 yuan to Tokyo in ex gratia payments over the Manchurian Railway. Food and wood supplies were also to be sent if necessary.

4.IT WOULD TAKE AT LEAST TEN YEARS TO RESTORE TOKYO
THEWORLD EXTENDS ITS SYMPATHY TO JAPAN. AMBASSADOR HANIHARA REPORTS THE U.S. RESPONSE

As the result of a meeting between Mr. Hoover of the American Red Cross and Ambassador Hanihara to discuss earthquake disaster relief, the Red Cross donated S$100,000 and called for further donations from American citizens in order to raise US$5 million.
The ambassador stated that the Japanese government and the Japanese people would accept the relief with deep gratitude. He said that food such as rice and supplies such as wood, tents, medical supplies and blankets were badly needed. The ambassador also accepted the U.S. offer to send nurses to the devastated city. He was assured by the U.S. officials that once communications were restored and Japan could more easily let the Red Cross know the amount of money and commodities needed, the U.S. agency would arrange for an even more effective relief plan.