Aired: July 14, 2011Immediately after the March 11 earthquake, Japan’s Self Defense Force (SDF) dispatched 100-thousand personnel to the disaster region, about half their entire force. In addition to rescue work they are providing daily support to people in a wide range of activities that have expanded their presence in the region as well as people’s expectations of them. SDF personnel frequently have been asked to assume responsibility for tasks normally handled by local government, such as, the delivery of goods to evacuation centers and the provision of burial services. In addition, they have assisted in responding to the nuclear crisis in Fukushima, taking on tasks they had never expected or prepared for. This program examines the vital role the SDF has played in Japan’s largest, post-war emergency mobilization.
Biggest Call for the SDF
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