On behalf of the entire Heritage Foundation family, I extend our heartfelt condolences to the people of Japan as they confront the aftermath of today’s massive earthquake and related tsunami. Our hearts and prayers go to the victims of this tragedy and their families.

Japan is one of America’s best allies, a stalwart of democracy whose ingenious and creative people have contributed much in the fields of arts, industry and technology. I know Japan personally, having visited there many times. I have come away a great admirer of its remarkable resiliency and earnestness.

I know Japan will recover from this and prosper. As it does it should be confident in the knowledge that the people of the United States and those of us at The Heritage Foundation are with the Japanese people.