Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took to Twitter on Sunday, thanking U.S. President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron for offering their condolences a day earlier for those who died in the heavy flooding in western Japan.
“Sincerely appreciate Donald’s warm words of condolences and solidarity, and precious support from the U.S. including volunteers from the U.S. Forces in Iwakuni,” Abe tweeted in English. “I’m confident that the bond of our countries will be further fortified through such an ordeal, as we’ve done so many times.”
Trump tweeted his condolences late Saturday over the disaster, which has killed more than 200 people, according to local media reports.
“Our prayers are with those affected by the flooding in Japan. We commend the rescue efforts and offer condolences to all who were injured or lost loved ones,” Trump wrote.
In a statement released Friday, U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty said that Washington was releasing $100,000 in humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief services for the people and communities affected by the rains.
Abe also served up his appreciation in a tweet to Macron, who on Saturday oversaw a Bastille Day parade in which seven Ground Self-Defense Force troops took part, sending his “heartfelt thanks” in French for an earlier message of condolence in Japanese sent from the French president’s account.
In a tweet sent following his thanks, the prime minister also touted the growing ties between Tokyo and Paris, including their “exceptional partnership.”
“I am convinced that Japan and France, which form an ‘exceptional partnership,’ can solve the various challenges thanks to the fact that the two countries are cooperating more closely and promoting more exchanges,” Abe’s account wrote in separate French and Japanese tweets.
On Saturday, Abe also used his Twitter account to thank Italian President Giuseppe Conte for his condolences in an Italian tweet.
The Abe administration has been a deft user of social media and the internet, actively employing Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other means to defuse its views while at times using its online presence to bypass traditional media.