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Operation Arigatou: One Man’s Mission to Say ‘Thank You’(Japan Tsunami Relief)
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Posted on 12/28/2011 2:23:28 AM PST by derfel

In the days following the Great East Japan Earthquake the United States Armed Forces mobilized to aid Japan’s disaster relief efforts and launched ‘Operation Tomodachi’ (lit: Operation Friend). It has since become a large scale operation with the United States committing roughly 20,000 personnel, 20 ships and 160 aircraft to date.

Efforts so far have included distributing supplies to the disaster area, searching for missing persons off the Sanriku Coast, cleaning up rubble and debris, and restoring a landing strip at the disaster-struck Sendai Airport. The United States also provided a specialized unmanned aircraft to photograph the area around the Fukushima I reactor as the nuclear crisis unfolded.

Moved by America’s compassionate response to Japan’s situation, an anonymous former member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and resident of Miyagi prefecture began making plans to personally express his thanks to the United States personnel involved in Operation Tomodachi. He named his plan ‘Operation Arigatou.’

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TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: japan; tsunami

Well, It's not "NEWS" anymore. But we need more stories like this, isn't it?

1 posted on 12/28/2011 2:23:35 AM PST by derfel
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To: derfel

Great story. Thanks for posting.

I was in Japan in September. Even if I was not involved in Operation Tomodachi, I felt the hospitality and gratitude of the Japanese everywhere I went.

2 posted on 12/28/2011 4:34:20 AM PST by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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