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28 nations provide flood relief to Germany, Japan not on list+.

BERLIN, Aug. 27 Kyodo

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer on Tuesday expressed thanks to 28 countries that offered assistance to Germany to cope with flood damages, but Japan was not on the list of donors among developed countries.

According to the German Foreign Ministry, the countries that extended a helping hand to Germany included the United States, Russia, Britain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Kazakstan, Taiwan and Sri Lanka.

While some countries offered the dispatch of army engineers, heavy machinery and funds, some developing countries sent relief goods, such as tea, as a token of solidarity.

According to a Japanese government source, Japan decided not to offer financial assistance to flood-ravaged German communities on grounds that Germany is a developed country.

The source noted that Japan sent 19 million yen worth of relief materials to the Czech Republic, which, like Germany, was hit by massive flooding earlier this month.
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