An estimated 18,000 people lost their lives in the double disaster which struck Japan on 11 March (11).
The Wall Street legend, who recently overcame a battle with cancer, joined U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Thursday (24Mar11) and offered his heartfelt thoughts to those affected by the tragedies.
Douglas' appearance coincided with the launch of a new exhibit of petitions calling on world leaders to ban the use of nuclear weapons as a result of Japan's nuclear crisis following the Asian disasters.
He said, "Our hearts go out to the Japanese people as they deal with this catastrophe. The Japanese have a history of rebuilding their country after natural and man-made catastrophes."