WORLD Japan sends planes, personnel to help fight Australia bushfires

WORLD

Japan sends planes, personnel to help fight Australia bushfires

Xinhua

21:11, January 15, 2020

21a14274edef4f2095575b0186e5f2d4.jpg

File photo: CGTN

TOKYO, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Defense Ministry said Wednesday it has sent two transport planes and 70 personnel of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to Australia to help fight the devastating bushfires.

Eight SDF members were already in Australia. They were joined by the two Air Self-Defense Force C-130 transport planes and the personnel who were newly dispatched and left Komaki Air Base in Aichi Prefecture, tasked mainly to carry personnel and supplies.

Ryota Takeda, chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, asked the SDF to make "utmost efforts" for the relief operations in a meeting.

Takeda ordered the mission on behalf of Defense Minister Taro Kono, who is currently visiting the United States.

"We will send (the SDF), taking into consideration the humanitarian point of view, and our friendly and cooperative relationship with Australia, which is a special strategic partner," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

At least 27 people have died in the bushfires that continue to burn across Australia since September. The bushfires have affected more than 10.7 million hectares of land across the country and 1,870 homes have been destroyed in the state of New South.

Related Stories

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue