The Foreign Ministry will seek funds in an upcoming extra budget to help the United States and Canada dispose of tons of debris from the 2011 tsunami, officials said.
With a huge amount of debris expected to reach the U.S. and Canadian coasts starting this fall, the ministry is also considering launching a program for returning mementos and other precious items to their owners, the officials said.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced this month it was providing $250,000 in grants for cleaning up tsunami debris in Alaska, Washington state, Oregon, California and Hawaii. But experts believe more money is needed for the cleanup.
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