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Date 11.06.07 Hit 2078
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911 and 311-US & Japan and US Japan Alliance

911 and 311

-US & Japan and US Japan Alliance

911 terror attack on USA is the incident beyond imagination. 120 storey World Trade Center which was the pride of UScollapsed in an instant and killed 6000 persons. 911 changed America’s view on foreign countries.

Shock and impact of East Japan Mega-quake of March 11 is believed to surpass 911. And yet, the trial provides an opportunity to further reinforce US Japan alliance.

All three of East Japan Mega-quake, Tsunami and nuclear crisis came at one time. Even for Japan which is World’s Number 3 Economic Power with high standard of engineering technique and skills and is so well educated and prepared, nature was beyond its control. Therefore, US and international community say they must help.

Mega-quake of magnitude 9 and 15 meter high tsunami have annihilated fishing ports along 200 kilometer Sanriku coast.

15000 were killed and 8,600 are missing. 100,000 are still in refugee sites. Kamaish Bulwalk and Miyako Bulwalk on Guinness book were easily destroyed. People realized over powering power of nature is beyond human effort.

US and Kan’s government have been at odds with Okinawa base issue. US President Obama has been at the foremost front to help Japan with outbreak of crises, and Operation ““Tomodachi”” became an important step to strengthen US-Japan alliance.Even at G8 meeting, President Obama proclaimed the aid and support would continue.

20,000 US troops, Nuclear aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, 60 naval ships, 160 planes, helicopter unit based in Okinawa were all mobilized to transport aid goods and in search operations in cooperation with Japan’s Self-defense Force.

There is no stipulation in treaty to help Japan in natural disaster. But joint training and overseas joint operation made smooth US-Japan relations.

US sent 150 US Marine Corps Radiation Expert Unit. Assistant Defense Secretary said US & Japan are not only allies but US respect Japan, US Forces are stationed in Japan and that it is appropriate to help friends in time of needs and that aid will continue.

US hopes to reinforce US-Japan relations by over-coming disasters. Can any government or organizations overcome such disasters?

911 and 311 have a lot to do with nuclear energy policy. Of total 434 nuclear power plants in the world, US has 104, France 58 and Japan 54. Safety problem is their common task.

Korea also supports East Japan disasters. President Lee Myong Bak visited quake stricken area on 21 May during Korea, China, Japan summit meeting. Japanese people appreciate the Korean support.

One of the editorial writer of a major Japanese press said this Japanese disasters will reinforce US-Japan alliance, improve images of Japan Self-Defense force, and reinforce Korea-Japan relationships. It’s been sometime since US, Korea and Japan started military cooperation in view of threat from the Northern Asia. Dokdo is already in Korea’s hand and is controlled effectively by Korea according to international Law. Any argument is only political.

A well known American columnist Jack Anderson once said Saudi Arabia could lend you money but could not defend you. Only US could defend you. But we must build our strength to be able to defend our country while we have its umbrella.


                                                                                           Dr. UnYong KIM  
                                                                                                     
IOC Vice President(R)
                          Founding President of World Taekwondo Federation & Kukkiwon
                                                       Hon President of Korea Taekwondo Association

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