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Acceptance of relief supplies from the European Union

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In response to the Great East Japan Earthquake, two UPS Air Cargo flights loaded with relief supplies sent by the European Union (EU), will arrive at Narita Airport at 8:15 A.M. on April 21 and 24.

The relief supplies include 7,125 blankets from Sweden, 130 water containers and others from Finland, 112 camp beds from Slovakia and 168 beds from Bulgaria. They will be delivered to the areas in need in Ibaraki Prefecture after arriving at Narita Airport.

Additionally, a separate flight will arrive at Narita Airport, loaded with relief supplies of 20,000 blankets and 450 water cans from Austria through the European Union, which will also be delivered to Ibaraki Prefecture.

The Government of Japan deeply appreciates the cooperation of the EU and its member states. *As of April 21, the EU member states that supplied relief goods are as follows (including the above mentioned goods):

Country - Details of Supplies - Dispatched to Austria - 20,000 blankets, 450 jerry cans - Ibaraki Pref. Bulgaria - 168 beds - Ibaraki Pref. Denmark - 21,280 blankets - Ibaraki Pref. 2,030 blankets - Tochigi Pref. Finland - 50 radioactivity measuring monitors, 130 water containers, 2,800 steel water canteens, 880 sleeping mats - Ibaraki Pref. Hungary - 16.7 tons of food - Miyagi Pref. Lithuania - 2,000 blankets, 300 sleeping bags - Ibaraki Pref. Netherlands - 1,998 mattresses - Ibaraki Pref. Slovakia - 4,000 clothing, 1,000 pairs of shoes, 14 tents, 112 sleeping bags - Miyagi Pref. 112 camp beds - Ibaraki Pref. Sweden - 10,000 gloves for outside work, 296 pairs of rubber boots - Miyagi Pref. 7,125 blankets - Ibaraki Pref.

** As of April 21, the EU member states that offered relief supplies upon the request of the Government of Japan are as follows: Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom

***Additionally to relief supplies, the EU decided to donate 10 million euros to support Japan through the IFRC.

(* This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese