Britain’s Prince William Meets Israeli Aid Workers in Japan While Visiting Earthquake Disaster Sites
Britain’s Prince William met with relief staff from the Israeli humanitarian group IsraAID while in Japan this week visiting areas hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the UK’s Jewish Chronicle reported on Wednesday.
Yotam Polizer, the Asia regional director of IsraAID, said meeting the British royal made his team feel “privileged and humbled.”
“His visit gave us a new wave of hope for a quick recovery,” he said, according to the report. “It was truly a great honor and we all were grateful that Prince William brought attention to the determination and continued recovery of those affected by this disaster, and the needs of the many for whom the scars are still fresh.”
The 2011 earthquake, the most powerful to ever hit Japan, killed over 20,000 people and left a quarter of a million others homeless. The earthquake resulted in a tsunami that caused severe damage to Japan’s nuclear plant in Fukushima, which lead to a nuclear radioactive leak. IsraAID has been providing psychological support to children affected by the natural disasters.
During his trip to the Tohoku area, Prince William also visited a museum that commemorates the victims of the disasters and highlights stories of survivors.