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Japan, US NGOs To Cooperate On Drifting Tsunami Debris

A Japanese survey team and some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from the United States have agreed to help each other to deal with debris drifting toward the Pacific coast of North America since the last year's tsunami that devastated Japan's north-east.

About 1.5 million tons of wreckage is believed to have been washed into the Pacific Ocean after the tsunami struck north-eastern Japan on March 11, 2011

A team of Tokyo-based NGO JEAN members and Environment Ministry officials arrived in the U.S. state of Oregon on Saturday last and met local NGOs to know from them what Japan can do to address the problem, Japanese media reported on Wednesday.

They agreed that Japan will assign officials and NGO staff. It will also provide web cameras to monitor the debris. It was also agreed that Japan, the U.S. and Canada will continue talks on the issue.

A U.S. NGO says that the debris has already reached five U.S. states from Alaska to California.

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