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EDITORIAL / Japan, U.S. take step toward boosting alliance
U.S. forces, in tandem with the Self-Defense Forces, have been providing aid on an unprecedented scale to victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake. We have nothing but the highest praise for the assistance provided by U.S. personnel, which also will be an important contribution toward strengthening the bilateral alliance.
The United States' "Operation Tomodachi" (friend) mobilized up to 20,000 troops to restore airports, harbors and schools, transport relief goods and do other essential work.
From April 1 to 3, U.S. personnel joined SDF members and rescue teams in a massive …