Dirk Kempthorne, the president of the American Council of Life Insurers, has expressed the condolences of the U.S. life insurance industry to the people of Japan.

He issued a statement on behalf of the ACLI, Washington, as Japan was struggling to recover from the effects of the Great Tohoku Earthquake that struck Friday, many strong earthquakes that have hit since the giant earthquake shook northeastern Japan, tsunamis, and problems with nuclear reactors.

Life insurers throughout the world have joined with other companies in donating to disaster relief efforts.

“On behalf of the U.S. life insurance industry, I wish to express our deepest condolences to the people of Japan,” Kempthorne said in the ACLI statement. “We all have been profoundly saddened by the scenes of destruction and loss of life that have occurred in recent days.

“Our industry has strong ties to Japan, and we have developed personal as well as professional relationships with many who are affected by this disaster. As an industry and business, we will continue to serve the people of Japan. As a people, our thoughts and prayers are and will continue to be with them as they recover from these tragic events.”

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