(In background: Japan nuclear plant Fukushima Dai Ichi, 2011)
ATLANTA (AP) - The top Japanese diplomat in Atlanta is expressing thanks for millions of dollars that Georgia companies and residents donated after a massive earthquake and tsunami
devastated his country.
Consul General Takuji Hanatani is hosting a reception Tuesday that will include Gov. Nathan Deal and Sen. Josh McKoon of Columbus, who sponsored a Senate resolution extending sympathies
and encouragement to Japan following the March 11 disaster.
More than 1,000 people visited the Japanese consulate to express their sympathies after the earthquake.
Consulate officials say Georgia-based companies including Coca-Cola, AFLAC, Delta Air Lines and UPS donated more than $34 million to earthquake relief. Residents and Georgia-based Japanese affiliates contributed more than $350,000 to The Japan-America Society of Georgia's earthquake relief fund. Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.