U.S. readies aid as Japan earthquake death toll nears 100

U.S. readies aid as Japan earthquake death toll nears 100
# 05 January 2024 10:27 (UTC +04:00)

The United States said on Friday it is preparing military logistical support and aid for regions in Japan devastated by an earthquake that killed 92 people, devastated remote communities and forced about 33,000 people to leave their homes, APA reports citing Reuters.

"The U.S. is here to support our friend and ally in its earthquake response. Military logistical support, food, and other supplies are being readied," U.S. ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel posted on social media site X, formerly Twitter.

Japan is in talks with the U.S. about emergency assistance and rejected offers for help from other countries including China for the time being.

"We are not accepting any personnel or material aid from other countries or regions at the moment given the situation on the ground and the effort that would be required to receive them," Japan's top spokesperson Yoshimasa Hayashi said.

A U.S. official who declined to be named told Reuters the two governments were coordinating on possible assistance from U.S. troops.

About 54,000 U.S. forces personnel are based in Japan, the biggest U.S. military presence abroad, according to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

"All of U.S. Forces Japan remain ready to support our Japanese Allies during this difficult time. We are unable to provide specifics on military support operations at this time, but we will provide updates when we have more that we can share," the U.S. Forces in Japan said in a statement.

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