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Japan Turns to Israel in Tsunami Aftermath

Israeli experts sought to help Fukushima rehabilitation

By: Sammy Hudes

Published: July 6th, 2012 in Business » World

Japan Turns to Israel in Tsunami Aftermath

Over a year since the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that left over 15,000 in Japan dead in addition to more than 6,000 people injured and 3,000 missing, Japan is turning to Israel to help rehabilitate the city of Fukushima, which was hit particularly hard by the event, according to Ynet.

Fukushima was destroyed by the natural disaster as the massive tsunami, triggered by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake, caused a local nuclear reactor meltdown within the city.

Radiation levels inside the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant grew up to 1,000 times normal levels while outside the plant, radiation levels reached eight times the normal levels, resulting in a state of emergency.

At the time, Israel was one of the first countries to come to Japan's aid, sending a medical team along with a shipment of crucial emergency items, including portable toilets, blankets, winter coats and gloves to an area of devastation near the Fukushima nuclear reactor site.

According to a report, the project to rehabilitate Fukushima is in need of cleanteach experts, especially in the field of recycling and water management.

The Japanese company in charge of rehabilitation efforts has sent a delegation to meet with Israeli experts in the field, looking for local entrepreneurs who would be willing to take on the task.

Lior Daerl, the Japanese's company liaison in Israel told Ynet that the Israeli companies that become partners in the project will receive tax breaks of up to NIS 50 million (almost $13 million in Canadian currency).

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