U.S. Welcomes Japan's Donation to Assist with Marine Debris Response Efforts in the Western U.S.

Nov. 30 - The Embassy of the United States of America welcomes the Government of Japan's announcement today of a gift of $5 million to be used to assist the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with marine debris response efforts along the U.S. west coast and Pacific islands. NOAA plans to use the funds to support removal of marine debris, disposal fees, cleanup supplies, detection and monitoring.

Authorities in both countries will continue to work closely to ensure that these funds can be quickly and efficiently distributed to where they are most needed.

"This gesture of goodwill is yet another reflection of the deep friendship between the people of Japan and the United States, and it demonstrates the strength of our bilateral partnership in a clear and tangible way," noted Ambassador John V. Roos.

The tragic events of the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis brought great suffering to people living in the disaster-affected areas in the northeastern region of Japan. In its aftermath, we witnessed the tremendous resilience of the Japanese people and the enduring strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance.