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Disaster Relief Dispatch to Izu Oshima Island (Tokyo)

Disaster Relief Dispatch to Izu Oshima Island (Tokyo)
Disaster Relief Dispatch to Izu Oshima Island (Tokyo)

The MOD/SDF dispatched personnel for a disaster relief mission at the request of the Governor of Tokyo on October 16, following landslides that struck Izu Oshima Island in the wake of the large and strong Typhoon No.26. On October 20, the Izu Oshima Joint Task Force (JTF) was combined by Eastern Army Headquarters in order to more effectively pursue disaster relief activities. The JTF consisted of around 1,200 personnel that helped prepare the island for approaching Typhoon No.27 and took part in search and recovery efforts.

The main aspects of their activities included searches for the missing, air lifting patients, evacuating hospitalized patients, helping to prevent secondary disasters and sharing information with the Cabinet by shooting video from helicopters. Since Izu Oshima Island is very isolated, the MSDF and ASDF also leveraged their transport capabilities to help carry personnel and equipment of disaster relief units dispatched by related organizations. During the activities, the unit worked closely with other ministries and agencies to provide appropriate and first-response capabilities and also paid close attention to the prevention of secondary disasters and safety management amid changing conditions.

On November 8, the SDF concluded its mission at the request of Governor of Tokyo.

Disaster Relief Dispatch to Izu Oshima Island (Tokyo)
Disaster Relief Dispatch to Izu Oshima Island (Tokyo)
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