Japan thanks Thailand for earthquake relief

07:47, May 26, 2011      

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Visiting Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister on Wednesday thanked Thailand for dispatching medical teams to help earthquake and tsunami victims, and for easing its restrictions on Japanese food imports.

Minister of Public Health Jurin Laksanawisit said Makiko Kikuta expressed heartfelt gratitude to HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the royal family as well as the Thai public and government for helping Japan to cope with the natural disaster.

Two Thai medical teams -- general practitioners and psychiatrists -- were promptly sent to the quake-hit areas, Jurin said, adding that the Japanese government later asked for more Thai psychiatrists and pediatricians. Thailand met the request.

Jurin said one Thai medical team remained in Japan.

Kikuta later met Governor Suthas Pattamasiriwat of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and thanked EGAT for shipping two gas turbine generators to Japan to provide electricity in areas badly affected by the March 11 massive quake and tsunami.

The two units are expected to be used in Japan for three to five years without charge from EGAT.

Source: Xinhua
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