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USFJ announces end of Kumamoto earthquake relief support

2016005 | April 25, 2016


RELEASE #2016005 April 24, 2016

USFJ announces end of Kumamoto earthquake relief support

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- United States Forces, Japan, announced today the end of direct U.S. airlift support to Government of Japan relief efforts in the Kumamoto area.

“Over the past week, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines were able to deliver

more than 230,000 pounds of relief supplies to Japanese forces operating in remote areas of the quake zone,” said Lt. Gen. John Dolan, commander of U.S. Forces, Japan. “As the recovery progressed and repairs were made to the area’s infrastructure, the need for rapid airlift of supplies by U.S. MV-22s and C-130 aircraft has diminished. This noble work highlighted our alliance and our friendship with Japan.”  

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office released a statement today thanking the U.S. for its efforts to provide relief to people affected by the quake. U.S. forces will remain on standby to provide assistance as requested.

The long-standing alliance between Japan and the U.S. allows U.S. military forces in Japan to provide rapid, integrated support to the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and civil relief efforts. Our long experience working hand-in-hand with Japanese Self-Defense Forces ensures that our operations are seamless and effective.

“The people affected by the quake remain in our thoughts and prayers,” the general said. “I hope that our contribution to the relief effort was able to help them through this difficult time.

During the relief efforts, U.S. Forces in support of the Government of Japan flew 20 missions delivering emergency relief supplies to include plastic sheeting, shelter kits, blankets, water, medical supplies, vehicles, and emergency and supplemental food. In addition to delivering supplies, Marine Corps MV-22s, Air Force C-130s, and Army UC-35s transported more than 50 Japan Self Defense Force personnel to the affected area.

U.S. Forces, Japan will continue to work closely with the Government of Japan to respond to any emerging needs during the coordinated transition and retrograde of US. military capabilities.

RELEASE # 2016005




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在日米軍司令官 ジョン ドーラン空軍中将は「これまでの一週間、米陸海空、そして海兵隊員達は230,000ポンド以上の救援物資を地震による孤立した被災地にて活動中の日本の自衛隊へ輸送しました。」と発表しました。また司令官は「復旧作業が進み、被災地の社会基盤が復旧されつつあることから、米軍機








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