Japan to continue supporting recovery efforts in quake-hit Turkey

Japan's government says it intends to continue to support Turkey and help earthquake survivors in the country rebuild their lives.

The earthquakes that hit southern Turkey on February 6 have left about 54,000 people dead in Turkey and in neighboring Syria.

Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Yamada Kenji visited Gaziantep on Saturday. The southern Turkish city is near the epicenter.

He inspected a tent facility where a Japanese disaster relief team is providing medical assistance.

He also met with Fatma Sahin, the mayor of the city.

After the meeting, the mayor expressed gratitude for the aid Japan is providing. She said she is willing to work with the Japanese government to draw up a roadmap, so that her city can be rebuilt.

Yamada said Japanese experts are ready to give Turkey advice. He added his country will provide seamless support.

A team of experts dispatched by the Japan International Cooperation Agency is currently providing technical assistance in the affected areas. Some team members are trying to help people make the buildings more resilient to earthquakes.