Recently the FNN News reported the following:
The Sendai airport that had suffered catastrophic damages from the East Japan great earthquake had stopped functioning completely, the part of runway that remained were mostly under water. Colonel Kasamatsumakoto of the Ground Self-Defense Force said that ｢It was this at the beginning. When I saw it, I had absolutely thought that this airport was already out｣. However, on the fifth day from the earthquake rubbles were removed from the runway. At the Sendai airport on March 16 airplane arrivals and departures were possible, and it became the relating ground for rescue supplies. It was the round-the-clock joint efforts by the Self Defense Forces, the U.S. Army, and persons related to the airport that the transportation of goods was made possible in such a short period of time. The soldiers of the U.S. Army who had undertaken reconstruction efforts said, "In order to enable the airplanes to land, the runway was cleaned with shovels and brooms" and "everyone worked hard from morning till night". The U.S. Army kept staying in the isolated airport terminal, and worked continuously. All the rubble removal work at the runway in the Sendai airport ended on March 31. The emergency control tower was set up, the control functions were restored, and it aimed at the arrival and departure of the civilian planes in the future.
The US as an alliance is helping Japan to recover from the earthquake disaster.