07 Apr '11, 7am

Clinton to visit Japan

TOKYO: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to visit Japan this month in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that left more than 27,000 people dead or missing, a report said Thursday. Clinton will meet Japanese leaders and reaffirm Washington's support for the country's efforts to avert a nuclear disaster after the failure of cooling systems at a crippled power plant, Jiji Press said, citing unnamed sources. She will travel to Japan after attending a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin on April 14 and 15, it said. The United States stations around 47,000 troops in Japan, a close US ally which lies near the tense Taiwan Strait and Korean peninsula. It mobilised around a dozen ships to bring in relief after the March 11 disaster and has 15,000 troops engaged in round-the-clock relief operations since the quake as part of a mission dubbed Operation To...

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