04 Apr '11, 5pm

Straits Times: Japan thanks US military for disaster relief

Straits Times: Japan thanks US military for disaster relief

Japan's defence chief tearfully thanked US forces on Monday for their help in the relief effort in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, press reports said. -- PHOTO: AFP TOKYO - JAPAN'S defence chief tearfully thanked US forces on Monday for their help in the relief effort in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, press reports said. 'I have never been more encouraged by and proud of the fact that the United States is our ally,' Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa told about 2,000 crew members on the deck of the nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan. Choking with emotion while addressing the crew in the hanger of the ship, Mr Kitazawa said: 'All of the disaster-struck people and Japanese people were touched by the hard work exhibited by US troops in rescue efforts.' His speech included a message from Prime Minister Naoto Kan, accor...

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