Japan Prime Minister Shizo Abe sends 1,000 Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to typhoon-devastated areas

Message from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe:

I made the decision to dispatch the Self-Defense Forces to the Philippines at a scale of approximately 1,000 members, Japan’s largest relief dispatch in history.

We are providing an ongoing stream of assistance to bring relief to the people of the Philippines from the enormous typhoon damage.

A medical team began its activities in the affected area yesterday. Last night, rescue workers from the Self-Defense Forces also arrived in the area. Today, medical equipment will also arrive in the local area on an SDF aircraft. The hardship of the destruction from a major catastrophe is not simply someone else’s problem.

(Originally posted in Japanese at 17:34 on Wednesday, November 13, 2013)

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