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Venezuelan Ambassador Carlos Bivero has sent a statement to The Japan Times, expressing his country’s “deep appreciation and gratitude” for Japanese assistance for Venezuelans hit hard by the torrential rains and flooding of a year ago.

“The assistance received from the government of Japan as well as from Japanese nongovernmental organizations, corporations and private citizens, whether as emergency aid, donations in kind or support services, was overwhelming, reaching an estimated total of $2.3 million,” he wrote.

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