Ja­pan de­ploys 100,000 troops to help

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

JA­PAN has com­mit­ted 100,000 troops to help earth­quake and tsunami sur­vivors as the world ral­lied be­hind the disas­ter-stricken nation and a US air­craft car­rier ar­rived off the shat­tered coast.

The de­ploy­ment, or­dered by Prime Min­is­ter Naoto Kan, dou­bles the num­ber of troops al­ready on the ground, af­ter the mas­sive scale of the dev­as­ta­tion wrought by the twin dis­as­ters emerged.

‘‘ I ask for ut­most ef­forts to save the lives of as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble,’’ Kan told a meet­ing of the gov­ern­ment’s emer­gency disas­ter head­quar­ters, Kyodo News re­ported.

D e f e n c e M i n i s t e r T o s h i m i Ki­tazawa said the 100,000 troops– as­sis­tance. This re­al­ity is very stark,’’ he said. His com­ments came amid bleak warn­ings of a surge in the death toll. The po­lice chief of Miyagi pre­fec­ture, the re­gion hard­est hit by Fri­day’s nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, yes­ter­day told re­porters the toll there would ex­ceed 10,000.

Else­where po­lice and mil­i­tary re­ported find­ing groups of hun­dreds of bod­ies along the tsunami-bat­tered coast­line, in­clud­ing more than 200 found in one lo­ca­tion yes­ter­day.

Of­fers of help poured in from across the world in­clud­ing from tra­di­tional ri­vals China, who de­spite last year’s ter­ri­to­rial row with Ja­pan, sent con­do­lences from Premier Wen Ji­abao and For­eign Min­is­ter Yang Jiechi.

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