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A transport vessel of the Maritime Self-Defense Force departed Monday for Tonga as part of Japan's continuing relief efforts to the nation, which was hit by an undersea volcanic eruption and a tsunami earlier in the month.

The Osumi departed the Kure base in western Japan with 60,000 liters of drinking water prepared by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, a government-linked aid agency, as well as 60 high pressure washers to remove volcanic ash, according to the Defense Ministry.

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