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Marine nuclear response team wraps up support

Date Posted: 2011-04-29

A special U.S. Marine unit sent to Japan in response to the nuclear crisis has packed up and returned to its U.S. base after confirmation Japan is unlikely to face a critical situation anytime soon with fallout from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant heavily damaged by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

Some 150 troops from the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force were deployed to Japan earlier this month in order to respond to the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan. The CBIRF team had been training for decontamination and radiation-monitoring work jointly with Japanese Self-Defense Forces troops at the U.S. Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo.

Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa had said at a press conference earlier that the CBIRF team would return home once prospects for the crisis improved, because they are an important force for the United States.

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