Japan’s troops play major role in tsunami relief (AP) – 707th Edition

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers pull a water tank to clean a high school from tsunami debris during a joint operation with the U.S. military in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Since the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, Japan Self-Defense Forces have mobilized for their biggest mission since 1945, sending 100,000 troops, roughly half of their total force, or virtually everyone who isn't needed on an essential mission elsewhere, out to the worst-hit areas to lead a mind-bogglingly immense recovery effort. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)AP – Since World War II, Japan’s military has never been involved in combat. Its forces have never fired a shot in war. But few are questioning their value now.

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