• Kyodo News


The government has formulated a plan to dispatch around 117,000 police officers, firefighters and troops to the Tokyo area to help with rescue work within four days of a major earthquake, officials said.

The contingent would be dispatched to Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures to engage in rescue and relief efforts, including firefighting, according to guidelines adopted Friday in a meeting of the Cabinet Office’s Central Disaster Prevention Council, which is headed by Prime Minister Taro Aso.

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