An advance government team left Narita airport for Pakistan on Saturday to prepare for the dispatch of Air Self-Defense Forces aircraft to transport relief supplies to refugees fleeing neighboring Afghanistan.

The team consists of a dozen officials from the Defense Agency, the ASDF, the Foreign Ministry and the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters, which deals with international peacekeeping operations.

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