• Kyodo


Adm. Patrick Walsh, commander of the Hawaii-based U.S. Pacific Fleet, said Tuesday the U.S. military’s relief operations he led to aid Japanese people following the March earthquake and tsunami disaster helped bolster relations with the Self-Defense Forces.

“I would like to say that my sense, my instinct, is that our relationship, particularly with the SDF, has advanced to a new level,” Walsh, joint commander of Operation Tomodachi, said in a speech at the Japan Society in New York. “We are in a different place than where we were before the crisis.”

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