Japan repays PH’s kindness after 2011 tsunami by sending doctors, experts to areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda
They are returning the favor when we need it the most.
Tarra Quismundo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that Japan has sent a team of 25 medical workers and disaster relief experts to the Philippines to help victims of Typhoon Yolanda, a gesture which the team leader said is his country's way of returning Filipinos' kindness after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in 2011.
According to the report, the Japanese apparently "never forgot" the to the Philippines' contribution to relief efforts following the 2011 diaster that killed more than 15,000 people and thus decided to give back by sending in doctors, nurses and other experts to assist in providing emergency medical care and other services to typhoon victims. "This time, we have to help you. Because two years ago, you helped us. So this time, this is our turn," said the team's sub-leader, Dr. Joji Tomioka.
The 25-member team, which "brought medical supplies and equipment enough to establish a medical facility in a calamity area," is tentatively scheduled to work in typhoon-hit locations in the Philippines for two weeks.
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