U.S., Japanese Officials to Give Briefing on Operation Tomodachi

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TORRANCE — An executive briefing on Operation Tomodachi will be presented by the Japan America Society of Southern California, Japanese Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and U.S.–Japan Council on Monday, April 11, at the Miyako Hybrid Hotel Torrance, 21381 S. Western Ave., Torrance.

Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. The program will be held from 12 to 1:45 p.m.

In the wake of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, the U.S. Forces swung into action to assist the Japanese in their relief operations. The effort was named Operation Tomodachi, using the Japanese word for “friend.”

The U.S. Seventh Fleet continues to position itself to provide a range of options to support the 107,000 Japanese Self-Defense Force personnel leading the disaster relief effort. A total of 14,000 personnel, 14 ships and 130 aircraft are participating in Operation Tomodachi.

The speakers will be Commander Gregory Hicks, U.S. Navy, public affairs officer, U.S. Third Fleet; Commander Dora Lockwood, U.S. Navy, director of public affairs, Navy Region Southwest; and Lt. Commander Yuichiro Kawanami, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Japanese liaison officer, U.S. Third Fleet.

Closing remarks will be given by Consul General of Japan Junichi Ihara.

The event is sponsored by Miyako Hybrid Hotel Torrance and Kintetsu International.

The cost is $20 per person. Space is limited. All proceeds will benefit the presenting organizations’ respective relief and recovery funds. RSVP by Friday, April 8, online at www.jas-socal.org or by calling (213) 627-6217, ext. 205 or faxing (213) 627-1353.

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