IDF Aid Delegation to Japan Returns Home

A local boy gives the entire delegation origami symbolizing health and long life. photo courtesy IDF

The IDF Aid Delegation to Japan has completed its mission and returned to Israel today. The members of the delegation provided medical care to the residents of Minamisanriku (in the Miyagi Prefecture) and its vicinity over the past two weeks.

In a concluding ceremony held Sunday night, the delegation was praised for the assistance provided, and was bid farewell by the Minamisanriku community. The mayor of Minamisanriku – the first patient of the IDF medical clinic – was present as well as the Israeli Consulate of Japan, Mr. Yaakov Rahami, the Commander of the IDF Delegation, Brig. Gen. Shalom Ben-Arieh, the Commander of the Medical Delegation, Lt. Col. Dr. Ofir Cohen Marom.

The majority of the medical equipment taken to Japan by the IDF, including x-ray machinery and lab equipment, will remain in Japan in order to benefit the physicians and local authorities providing care to the community of Minamisanriku and its vicinity.

During their stay, IDF Medical Corps physicians treated 220 patients.