The Embassy of Japan in Thailand and various NGOs.
In addition to already completed projects, the Japanese
Government is continuing to provide grant aid for
grassroots human security projects. Currently
Japan provided assistance in three ways: financial
underway are:
resources, knowledge and expertise, and human
Comprehensive Support for Tidal Wave Victims,
resources. They also extended the maximum assistance
which aims to improve the living conditions of
possible for rehabilitation and reconstruction of disaster 
villagers in the affected area in Ranong, Phang
stricken countries.
Nga, Phuket, and Krabi provinces. Support efforts
include the supply temporary shelters, fishing
While the Government of Thailand had made every
gears, and other necessities.
effort to rescue the victims, the Government made a
Capacity Building for Rehabilitation of fisher folk
request for assistance to the Government of Japan, as
in Phang Nga Province, which provides fishing
there still were a number of people missing and a
gear and equipment for villagers engaged in fishery
shortage of goods. Therefore, the Government of Japan
on a small to medium scale in Nam Khem Village
decided to offer emergency assistance, considering
and Ko Yao Islands, Phang Nga Province.
the significance of the disaster, the friendly relationship
Rehabilitation Support for Tidal Wave Victims,
between Japan and Thailand, and the fact that many
which establishes a counseling centre in Khura Buri
Japanese nationals were affected by the disaster.
District and Takua Pa District, Phang Nga Province for
the people who were mentally hurt by the disaster.
In this light, the GOJ provided the below mentioned
emergency assistance and Grant Aid for the NGOs in
Thailand which suffered from the major earthquake
The Units of Japan Self Defense Force dispatched
off the coast of Sumatra and the tsunami in the Indian
units which consisted of three vessels (Destroyers
"KIRISHIMA", "TAKANAMI" and the supply ship
"HAMANA") with shipboard helicopters and 592
members, all within five days.  They recovered 57
 Projects were undertaken in Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket,
bodies in the areas around the coast of Phuket and
and Ranong provinces.
also transported the personnel and equipment of
the Japan Disaster Relief Search and Rescue Team.
The first unit of the Search and Rescue Team (49
The Japan Disaster Relief Team worked for differing
members from Fire and Disaster Management
periods between 28 December 2004 and 18 January
Agency, Police, MOFA, JICA) and the second unit
2004. Emergency assistance arrived in Phuket on 1
Team (helicopter unit of FDMA, 27 members)
January 2005 and 4 January 2005. The long term NGO
conducted search and rescue operations in the
assistance projects are ongoing.
affected area with 2 helicopters of the FDMA.
The Japan Disaster Relief Medical team comprised
22 persons including doctors and nurses and officials
Japan s emergency assistance and grant aid totals
of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The team engaged
more than USD Thousand 546.01. However, this total
in medical activities, mainly in Takuapa District.
does not include the cost of The Japan Disaster Relief
A Japan Disaster Relief Expert Team was dispatched
Team, for which figures were not provided.
for extraction and examination of DNA specimens

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