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WASHINGTON — As part of a nine-day tour of Asia, Vice President Joe Biden will visit Yokota Air Base in Japan on Aug. 24 to thank troops for their role in earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.

The trip will also include a visit to Sendai, one of the cities hardest hit and one of the areas where U.S. recovery efforts were focused. The trip is Biden’s first to Japan as vice president, although he traveled to the region multiple times as a senator.

The trip, which includes stops in China and Mongolia, is designed to highlight U.S. efforts in east Asia and reinforce strategic partnerships in the region. The Japan leg of the trip also features meetings with Japanese Self-Defense Forces, as well as a meeting with the prime minister.

A day later, Biden is scheduled to speak to troops and families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay, the final stop before returning back to the United States.

shanel@stripes.osd.mil

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