Japan Receives Offers of Foreign Aid

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TOKYO — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported Monday that Japan has received offers of assistance from nearly 100 countries and international organizations following Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has discussed Japan’s situation in telephone talks with President Barack Obama of the U.S, President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea, and Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia.

Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto had telephone talks with Foreign Secretary William Hague of the U.K., Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of the U.S., Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia, and Foreign Minister Murray McCully of New Zealand.

So far, 91 countries and regions as well as six international organizations have expressed their intentions to extend assistance.

As of Sunday, rescue teams from 11 countries (South Korea, the U.S., Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, China, New Zealand, Australia, the U.K. and France) had arrived in or were heading for Japan.

The U.S. Forces in Japan have dispatched the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and other ships, and are beginning to extend assistance.

For a complete list of countries and organizations offering aid, visit http://www.mofa.go.jp/u_news/2/20110314_181351.html.

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