Japan to aid $500,000 for Katrina victims

Sept. 2, 2005 at 7:45 AM

TOKYO, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Japan offered $500,000 in aid to areas of the southern United States devastated by Hurricane Katrina, officials said Friday.

The aid will consist of $200,000 in cash to the American Red Cross, and $300,000 in supplies, including tents, blankets and power generators, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda, the Asahi Shimbun reported Friday.

The relief goods will be sent as soon as Tokyo receives a request from Washington.

The Foreign Ministry has also set up a liaison office in Tokyo where people can seek information about family members and acquaintances in the stricken areas.

As of last Oct. 1, 747 Japanese lived in Louisiana, including New Orleans, and 449 in Mississippi, the Foreign Ministry said.

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