Japanese Prime Minister Kishida offers Lunar New Year greetings

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has sent a message to Chinese people residing in Japan and others celebrating the Lunar New Year.

The message was posted on the website of the Prime Minister's Office of Japan on Thursday.

The message reads, "Soon after ringing in 2024, Japan was met with the daunting challenge of the Noto Peninsula Earthquake, which reached a maximum intensity of seven. The Japanese government is wholeheartedly dedicated to reconstruction efforts in the impacted areas."

It also says, "I am deeply grateful for the international support and generous donations offered to us in response to this crisis. True friendship shines through in times of adversity, as seen in the global support we have received."

It adds, "In an ever-changing and unpredictable global landscape, Japan remains committed to collaborating with the international community. Embodying the resilience and bravery of the Dragon, we are determined to navigate through these changes and challenges."

The message ends with the words: "May this Year of the Dragon be a time of joy and prosperity for all. Happy Lunar New Year!"