Japanese prefecture devastated by 2011 earthquake thanks Yokota for relief efforts
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Japanese residents from Miyagi prefecture recently brought food, drinks and crafts to the home of U.S. Forces Japan to thank Americans for their help in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Saturday’s Operation Tomodachi Festival was a chance for Yokota-based military personnel and their families to sample products from a region where the U.S. focused a massive relief effort after the disaster. Tomodachi means “friend” in Japanese.
374th Airlift Wing vice commander Col. Sergio Vega told a delegation of officials from Miyagi that most current Yokota servicemembers weren’t in Japan back in 2011 but that they appreciated the visit.
Shinobu Matsui, who manages the Yokota exchange told festivalgoers of her fear when the earthquake struck Tokyo, shaking her workplace on Camp Zama “like nothing I had ever experienced.”
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