Peru declares Friday, March 18 day of mourning for Japan victims



The Government Palace in downtown Lima. (Photo: Norman Córdova/Andina)

Peru’s government has granted official status to an initiative to declare March 18 a national day of mourning for the series of victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan beginning last Friday.

The Supreme Decree, signed on March 16, states that the natural disaster occurred in Japan has caused thousands of Japanese civilian deaths and serious material damage.

The Peruvian flag will be flown at half-staff as a sign of mourning and respect at all public and military facilities, bases, ships, police premises and other state-run buildings across the country as well as in consular diplomatic missions and permanent representations abroad, according to this decree.

Furthermore, government high level authorities will also give their condolences through Japan embassy in Peru.

The document clearly indicates that it will be a regular working day for all public and private employees.