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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is visiting Paris to participate in the G-8 meetings and meet with foreign government counterparts. On March 15, 2011, the Secretary held a bilateral meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto to discuss ongoing response efforts to the earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan on March 11, 2011.
Before their meeting, Secretary Clinton said, "I want to, on behalf of the United States, express both our condolence and our solidarity with the government and people of Japan. Japan is always a very generous donor to any disaster anywhere in the world, and today, the world comes together to support Japan in its hour of need. And the minister and I will be discussing a lot of the specifics that we are working on together."
In response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that includes disaster response experts, nuclear experts, as well as urban search and rescue (USAR) teams from Fairfax County and the Los Angeles County Fire Departments. The USAR teams arrived at Misawa Air Base, Japan on Sunday and included 144 personnel, 12 canines trained to detect live victims and 45 tons of equipment.
The USAID DART is working to manage the overall U.S. Government response effort in Japan in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. The USAR teams have established a Base of Operations (BoO) and are sending out initial reconnaissance teams to priority locations as identified by the local authorities. You can read more on the USAID website.
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