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PM Naoto Kan orders SDF to focus on relief operations for quake victims

15 Mar

Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers search missing people at Noda village in Iwate prefecture amid devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami. (AFP/Yomiuri Shimbun)

JAPAN, March 15, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Tuesday ordered the Self-Defense Forces to focus on relief operations for survivors of Friday’s deadly earthquake that hit northeastern Japan, Kyodo News Agency reported on Tuesday.

”While we will continue with our rescue operations, there are many people at evacuation centers hoping for help so we need to gradually shift our work to addressing (their needs),” Kan said at the outset of a Cabinet-level emergency disaster headquarters meeting held at his office.

Bearing in mind that food, water and other necessary supplies are not reaching the survivors, the premier urged SDF troops to assume a central role in transporting these items to the quake-affected areas.

It is ”most effective” for the SDF to take charge of this task because they have the organizational power to do so, Kan said. (*)
 
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