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Japan: French assistance (April 12,2011)

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France’s mobilization in support of Japan following the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country a month ago is not waning.

In response to a request issued by the Japanese authorities, a new cargo of 40 tons of radiation protection equipment arrived in Tokyo on Sunday. It includes radiometers and individual exposure meters, as well as masks, filters and protective clothing. This equipment was jointly supplied by the Ministry of Defense, the Atomic Energy Commission and Areva. It’s in addition to the 50 tons of technical equipment that arrived at Narita Airport on March 25 on board the Antonov aircraft and which is now being used by those that requested it.

Furthermore, yesterday, Areva strengthened its team of specialist experts present in Japan; the team now comprises around 15 people. They are notably specialized in handling radioactive effluents and managing spent fuel ponds.

Following President Sarkozy’s visit to Tokyo on March 31, France continues to actively express its solidarity with and its desire to help the Japanese government and people.