I am writing this because my American friends did not know about tomodachi operation. I just wanted to say thank you.
This operation is not for the nuclear problem. It is for devastating tunami. Tomodachi operation by American marine started shortly after the disaster by tunami was found. The tunami was too fatal, too ruinous to know what happened because disaster victims had lost their communications. Japanese government don't know how many ppl are killed still now. The ships came to devastating coastal area quickly, and flied helicopters, found isolated villages and sent food and water. After that, marine rebuilt the wrecked air port by tunami only a few days, make the school ground available, and wipe away the tons of rubble.
I don't know a detail about tomodachi operation. But I am impressed by what highly skilled and well disciplined organization with advanced technology has done.
This operation was completed and they left the coast.
I saw a school boy asked marines their autographs on TV news.
Their activity was done more than 80km away from Fukushima nuclear plants.
Many Japanese are living within 30km area because Japanese government announced that evacuation was on a voluntary basis. But Japanese government changed their policy recently and is planning to have residents in highly contaminated area evacuate within one month.