search and rescue
SDF Restoration Work in Otsuchi, Iwate [Youtube Friday]

SDF Restoration Work in Otsuchi, Iwate [Youtube Friday]

Over three months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, this week's video looks at the work of SDF members from Kyoto in the town of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture.

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Sankei sits down with Commander of Joint Disaster Response Taskforce

Sankei sits down with Commander of Joint Disaster Response Taskforce

An interview with the Commander of the relief effort reveals several challenges faced by the SDF in their response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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Yomiuri on one SDF member's quake story

Yomiuri on one SDF member’s quake story

From the Akita edition of the Yomiuri comes the story of a Ground Self-Defense Force Captain whose family were caught up in the tsunami: 3 months after the catastrophe: His family are victims – SDF member on duty in Kamaishi Crunch, crunch… The sound of SDF members stabbing the gravel with their shovels can be...

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Mainichi on 100-day memorial services in Miyagi

Mainichi on 100-day memorial services in Miyagi

Yoshihiro Ishikawa: I lost my parents and son to this nightmarish tsunami. 3 months have passed, but the wound in my heart will never heal in my lifetime.

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GSDF Member Receives Close to Emergency Radiation Limit

GSDF Member Receives Close to Emergency Radiation Limit

A GSDF member working in a 20-man group to cool down reactors at Fukushima Dai-Ichi was exposed to 80.72 millisieverts (mSv).

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Misa Sakurabayashi: Bravery and Determination Beyond Reason

Misa Sakurabayashi: Bravery and Determination Beyond Reason

After being told to stop, a GSDF company commander replied, "I know. We know, but no matter what we can't stop. It might be illogical, but no matter what... Am I wrong?"

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MoD Team Investigates After-Operation Care for SDF Members

MoD Team Investigates After-Operation Care for SDF Members

Hajime Hirota: The relentless harshness of SDF operations on the ground are a great burden on their body and spirit. They need not just mental health care, but also family support, social welfare, and public relations support.

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Has the Earthquake strengthened the US-Japan alliance?

Has the Earthquake strengthened the US-Japan alliance?

Masashi Nishihara: In the past, the two forces had conducted many joint exercises but never joint operations. Now, however, for the first time in the alliance's history, the SDF and US Forces Japan worked together.

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Tohoku Earthquake: The Coast Guard's Response

Tohoku Earthquake: The Coast Guard’s Response

The Coast Guard have not received the same attention as the SDF, despite being involved in the search and rescue efforts - partly this is due to them being far off shore and underwater, invisible to reporters on the ground, but also because they are far fewer in number.

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Misa Sakurabayashi: The Meaning of Self-Sufficiency

Misa Sakurabayashi: The Meaning of Self-Sufficiency

Misa Sakurabayashi explores the technical and human side to military self-sufficiency.

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Pew Research Poll: Most Japanese Happy With SDF Response to the Earthquake

95% of the respondents said that the SDF's response to the disaster was good - ranking it significantly higher than the media, government, Prime Minister and the Tokyo Electric Power Company.

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Weekly Playboy: Post-Quake Image Boost Sees SDF Recruitment Rise

Weekly Playboy: Post-Quake Image Boost Sees SDF Recruitment Rise

Weekly Playboy: Post-quake support for the SDF has resulted in greater interest at the recruitment offices.

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