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Massive Earthquake in Japan: All Arigatou Staff Safe

New York,  11 March--The Arigatou International in Tokyo, the parent organization for the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, report that all their staff are safe in the aftermath of the strongest earthquake of the century. Japan suffered a massive 8.8 earthquake earlier today at 2:46 pm (JST). It's the strongest earthquake to occur in the past century and the sixth largest recorded since record keeping began in 1900 (1).

Arigatou International -- whose mission is to build partnerships to enrich children’s lives worldwide -- was founded in 1990 by the Japanese Buddhist organization, Myochikai. Myochikai members donate to the work of Arigatou International as part of their Buddhist spiritual practice. Preliminary reports indicate that members of the Myochikai who reside in the northeast coastal city of Sendai, the area impacted by the devastating quake and tsunami, are all accounted for.

Please join all of us at the World Day of Prayer and Action Secretariat in New York along with our DPAC Leadership and Global Planning Committee as we keep Reverend Keishi Miyamoto, the President of the Arigatou International, the staff of Arigatou International, our generous Myochikai supporters and all the people of Japan in our thoughts and prayers.