The news reports and images coming through of the devastation in Japan are unbelievable and my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by the earthquake and tsunami that have rocked the country. The scale of the destruction and the continuing aftermath is staggering. I have visited Japan many times – aside from being an economic powerhouse, it’s a place of incredible beauty and culture and home to a kind and generous people. When the Christchurch earthquake struck in my home country of New Zealand, Japan was among the first to send help in numbers. Now we share in their tragedy and stand heart to heart with the people of Japan.