Russia ready to provide jobs for Japanese in Far East

Russia is ready to provide employment in Siberia and Russia’s Far East for Japanese left homeless by last week’s earthquake and tsunami, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday.

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan last Friday, leaving some 6,405 dead and 10,259 missing, according to most recent updates.

“We should consider using part of the labor potential of our neighbor, especially in sparsely populated areas of Siberia and the Far East,” Medvedev said.

So far, 165 Russian specialists are involved in rescue efforts in Japan. Medvedev said Russia was ready to send more aid and accommodate victims in Russian sanatoriums.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday that Russia was ready to help Japan extinguish fires at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, were a nuclear meltdown is feared following a series of blasts.

GORKY, March 18 (RIA Novosti)

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