It has been more than seven years after the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis but the world has not forgotten the disaster that had everyone worried.
Even now, when we speak of Fukushima, we remember it with pain.
So when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosted a summit meeting and other events with Dasho Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan, at Abe’s Office, he also brought with him a unique gift.
Tobgay visited the Fukushima prefecture on 12th April to deliver Bhutanese King’s soelra to the residents of the Soma City. Mayor Hidekiyo Tachiya received the Royal Kasho and the consecrated statue of Thangthong Gyalpo, which is believed to protect against the natural disasters. He also prayed for the departed at the Soma City.
This was indeed wonderful on the part of Bhutan as it showed that not only did it remember Fukushima, but that it also cared enough to share what it felt could help prevent disasters in the future. Indeed, a wonderful gift and also a lesson for newbie diplomats.
By Namta Gupta