Japan donates S$6m for tsunami debris cleanup
TOKYO (AP) - Japan is providing US$5 million (S$ 6.1 million) to the United States to help with collection and disposal of marine debris from its March 2011 tsunami disaster.
The Foreign Ministry announced the donation to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda informed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of the plan during a meeting in September on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
A huge tsunami triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011, earthquake off Japan's northeastern coast killed or left missing more than 18,000 people and washed millions of tons of debris into the sea.
NOAA has said it expects some of the debris to wash up on U.S. shores in the next several years. Japan's donation will help fund its monitoring, removal and processing.