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Helping hand for Nepal

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Members of a rescue team from Japan transit at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport Tuesday, en route to Kathmandu, Nepal, to assist with the earthquake relief effort. The Japanese team consists of 70 police, firefighters and coast guard personnel.

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Thumbs up for these guys. More of this type of diplomacy please PM Abe.

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This is a WIN WIN situation. It's absolutely amazing to see boots on the ground in Nepal ready to help with rescue efforts. It looks good for Abe too now that he's in the U.S.

It's also a win because these guys will get the experience needed to deal with Japan's next major earthquake. Japan didn't handle 3.11 well. IF it wasn't for America and Operation Tomodachi many Japanese would have died. The use of their technology and trained rescue efforts saved countless lives.

Now, Japan will learn more dealing with this crisis in Nepal. Pretty awesome uniforms I might add.

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Nothing but respect for these guys, one of the toughest jobs in the world.

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JWithers

I don't know where you were after March 11, 2011 but I was in japan and I can tell you with 100% assurance that the SDF were exemplary. The U.S. effort was excellent, too, but your assertion that many Japanese would have died without America is ludicrous. So, too, is your statement that it looks good for Abe.

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your assertion that many Japanese would have died without America is ludicrous. So, too, is your statement that it looks good for Abe.

Yes, and Yes.

Japan already had a presence in Nepal before the earthquake, providing ODA for many years now in education, health, water supply, road building, electricity supply, etc. None of that makes the headlines of course. I hope the JSDF is able to make its presence felt.

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Applaud members of Japanese rescue team at Suvarnabhumi International Airport on their way to Nepal on a noble mission to provide assistance to the earthquake victims.

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An article about Japan helping Nepal and your American nationalist arrives here to say how excellent was America when it helped Japan. Perfectly on topic.

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Yup. Rightly said boots on the ground. Better than anything else. Especially for places where donations and aid can leak off sometimes, without getting to the needy. They will also send precious feedback as to what's really needed. Practically. On the ground. Good job, Japan.

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Right now, all that matters are the survivors in Nepal and it's always an awesome sight when countries from around the world unite for a common cause. It should remind people what the world can achieve when it has a common and righteous goal. There's still hope for this planet, it's not all wars and hatred. There's a lot of compassion left.

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Please return safely!

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I don't know where you were after March 11, 2011 but I was in japan and I can tell you with 100% assurance that the SDF were exemplary.

A huge difference from the Kobe earthquake of '95, and the farcical response of the govt. and SDF.

goes to show that they've learned a thing or two since then. Good!

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Uhm, in Operation Tomodachi US Forces delivered 189 tons of food, 2 million gallons of water, and 87 tons of additional relief materials during response operations.

Source: Japan Ministry of Defense White Paper Special Feature, Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. (Appendix 1).

Conclusion (and I quote): "The fact that US servicemen and assets were located on or adjacent to recovery operations saved an incalculable number of lives and expedited recovery operations."

So, yeah, I guess the Japanese government thinks " IF it wasn't [sic] for America and Operation Tomodachi many Japanese would have died."

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