Mr. Takata attended the Love to Nippon Memorial event on March 6, 2016.

An article in the Rafu Shimpo Newspaper describing the event is paraphrased as follows.

Former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta delivered the keynote address onSunday, March 6, at Love to Nippon, a memorial event commemorating the five-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Norman Mineta (Rafu Shimpo photo)

Norman Mineta (Rafu Shimpo photo)

The event took place on Sunday, March 6, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the LAPD Headquarters, Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium, 100 W. First St., Los Angeles.

It was presented by Japan America Society of Southern California (JASSC), Nichi Bei Fujin Kai (Japan America Women’s Organization) and Love to Nippon Project, this is a community-wide tribute to loved ones lost and for those still suffering from the March 11, 2011 catastrophe. This fifth annual event was a peaceful commemoration with interfaith prayers, incense-burning, musical tributes, and outdoor information booths hosted by the American Red Cross, Home Depot, L.A. County Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard, and Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate prefectural organizations.

A panel discussion featured Mineta, LACFD Chief Daryl L. Osby, LACFD Battalion Chief Larry Collins, Well Known Architect Ted Tanaka, Masako Unoura-Tanaka, founder of Love to Nippon Project, and a representative of the Ofunato Fire Department in Iwate. Consul General Harry Horinouchi, honorary committee chair, offered closing remarks.

Mr. Takata feels it is important to remember and honor the thousands of people who perished in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and for people living in the Los Angeles area to be prepared for an earthquake here in Southern California.