‘Princess Michiko’

I have just heard from Katsuhiko Maebara, Chairman of the International Heritage Rose Conference to be held in Sakura, Japan, in May of this year that they are regretfully having to cancel the conference because of the “unprecedented natural calamities that hit this country on the 11th of March, devastating many cities and towns in the northern areas of the mainland, and claiming thousands of lives. Besides, they caused an accident in a nuclear power station, raising the fear of radioactive contamination in some regions.”

Our hearts go out to our rose friends and all the people of Japan in these difficult times. I know all of us who had been asked to present programs, and those attending the conference send our thoughts to the organizing committee with our best wishes for the quick recovery of their country.