U.S. Military Asked to Help Transport Relief Supplies to Earthquake-Battered Noto Peninsula, Defense Minister Says

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The Defense Ministry building

Japan has asked U.S. military forces stationed in Japan to help transport relief supplies to the earthquake-hit Noto Peninsula, Defense Minister Minoru Kihara announced Tuesday.

The U.S. military was to start transporting relief supplies on Wednesday to Noto Airport in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, by helicopter from the Air Self-Defense Force’s Komatsu Air Base in the prefecture.

After the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake, U.S. forces dispatched MV-22 Osprey aircraft to transport supplies to affected areas.