Clinton visits Japan as US disaster relief warms ties

Clinton visits Japan as US disaster relief warms ties
# 17 April 2011 00:36 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Japan Sunday, reconfirming a key alliance that has been strained by a lingering military base dispute but boosted by a strong American disaster relief effort, APA reports quoting news.yahoo.com web-page.

Since Japan’s massive quake and tsunami struck on March 11, sparking an ongoing nuclear crisis, US forces have launched a muscular search, rescue and relief effort with 20,000 troops and scores of ships and aircraft.

Helicopters have flown aid missions from a US aircraft carrier, marines helped clear the tsunami-ravaged Sendai airport which reopened last week, and thousands joined a three-day search of the battered coastline for bodies.

US nuclear experts have offered advice on stabilising the tsunami-hit Fukushima atomic power plant, where the US military has flown in coolants and deployed two freshwater barges and fire engines to help douse hot reactors.

The Yomiuri Shimbun daily in an editorial last week reflected a view voiced by many survivors of the tsunami disaster, which devastated a vast swathe of Japan’s Pacific coast and left over 13,000 people dead and 14,000 missing.
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