"Distressed on the loss of lives & damage caused by the quake in Japan. My thoughts are with bereaved families & prayers with the injured," he tweeted.
Japan was hit by two powerful earthquakes, killing at least 29 people, trapping many beneath flattened homes and rendering thousands homeless.
The exact number of casualties remained unclear as rescue efforts continued to unfold today.

Also read: Second strong quake hits southern Japan; people reported trapped


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