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The government is preparing to send 70 to 80 Self-Defense Forces medical personnel to Haiti in addition to a civilian Japanese team already there to help deal with the devastating earthquake.

“The damage caused by the quake remains extremely serious,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano said Monday, adding that the extra personnel will engage in medical work, including efforts to combat infectious diseases that could spread in quake-hit areas.

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