The Japanese government has hailed Iran's humanitarian aid to Japanese people hit by the last month 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the devastating tsunami that followed.
The Iranian government has provided quake-hit Japanese people with humanitarian aid and "we appreciate Iran's sympathy" with Japan, Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Satoru Sato said in an interview with IRNA on Wednesday.
On March 11, Japan was hit by the strong earthquake followed by a devastating tsunami which ravaged through the country's northeast. The disaster has left more than 28,000 people dead and missing.
He noted that Tehran's "valuable humanitarian assistance...would strengthen ties between the two countries."
"After the incident Iran's ambassador [Abbas Araqchi] along with a four-member delegation of Iran's Red Crescent Society directly brought aid to quake-hit areas," he said.
Sato described Iran-Japan relations as "brotherly and cordial."
Iran has so far dispatched four aid consignments to the quake-hit country.
The march quake is now considered to be Japan's deadliest natural disaster since the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, which claimed the lives of more than 142,000 people.