U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is in Japan today to show support for Japanese efforts to recover from the tsunami earlier this year and reaffirm U.S.-Japanese ties.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan thanked Biden for U.S. relief help after the March 11 disaster.
Biden is scheduled later today to travel to the devastated northeastern coast where he is to give a speech at the airport of Sendai city, which was swamped in the tsunami and reopened with the help of American military personnel.
He will also visit residents who lost their homes in the disaster and are now living in temporary housing.
Japan is the third and final stop in Biden's eight-day Asian tour that also took him to China and Mongolia.
compiled from agency reports