03 May '11, 9pm

Japan to aid Tornado-hit US

Japan to aid Tornado-hit US

WASHINGTON: Japan said Tuesday it would deliver blankets to victims of tornadoes that swept through the US South, repaying some of the gratitude for US help following its own earthquake and tsunami. Japan will offer 10 million yen (125,000 dollars) worth of blankets and plastic sheets for people left destitute after last week's tornadoes that killed some 350 people, a Japanese embassy official said. In a statement, Japan's foreign ministry said that visiting official Chiaki Takahashi offered the assistance to US Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg "who expressed his appreciation." The US military mounted a round-the-clock relief effort after Japan on March 11 was struck by one of history's worst earthquakes, which left 25,536 people dead or missing. US forces airlifted supplies, searched for bodies and repaired the key Sendai airport, helping improve Japan's often unea...

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