Japan deploys 100,000 troops to help
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.