Party General Secretary and Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Phu Trong on March 11 sent a message of sympathy to Japanese Prime Minister and President of the Democratic Party, Naoto Kan, over human and property losses caused by powerful earthquake and tsunami.

State President Nguyen Minh Triet cabled a message of condolences to Japanese Emperor Akihito on March 12, expressing solidarity and willingness to help Japan and saying he believed that the Japanese people will soon overcome the aftermaths of the disaster to resume normal life.

On March 11, Politburo member and Standing member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Truong Tan Sang sent a message of sympathy to Yoshito Sengoku, Acting President of the Japan Democratic Party.

Representatives of the Foreign Ministry and the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan met their representatives of the Japanese Embassy in Hanoi and the Japanese Foreign Ministry on March 12, asking the Japanese government to take timely measures to support Vietnamese citizens in Japan .

The Japanese side said the Japanese government and people are willing to help Vietnamese people and other expatriates in Japan .

Hundreds of deaths and extensive devastation have been reported since the earthquake, measuring at 8.9 on the Richter scale, hit northeastern Japan on March 12 afternoon and triggered a massive tsunami in the Pacific Ocean./.