South Korean rescue workers head to Japan

South Korean rescue workers head to Japan (Source: Yonhap)

This from Yonhap, via ROK Drop, which is doing great work covering the disaster here:

The 102-member South Korean rescue team, which also includes six medical workers and an eight-person support staff, was to depart at around 11:30 p.m. on three Air Force C-130 planes from a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul, Vice Foreign Minister Min Dong-seok told reporters.

On Saturday, South Korea sent an advance team of five rescue workers to Japan.

Seoul plans to send more search and rescue specialists after consultations with Japan, officials said. The government is also in talks with Japan’s government and civilian groups to send water and other relief supplies, the officials said.

The rescue team plans to work in northeastern Japan, which was hit hardest by Friday’s earthquake and tsunami that, according to media reports, are believed to have left at least 10,000 people dead or missing.

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A former contributor to World Intelligence (Japan Military Review), James Simpson joined Japan Security Watch in 2011, migrating with his blog Defending Japan. He has a Masters in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and is currently living in Kawasaki, Japan. His primary interests include the so-called 'normalization' of Japanese security (i.e. militarization), and the political impact of the abduction issue with North Korea.
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