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Japan earthquake: UK rescue team 'sent back' from Japan

UK rescue workers say they had to leave quake-hit Japan because they could not secure the necessary paperwork from the British embassy in Tokyo.

The International Rescue Corps said they were not given permission to work in Japan because it would have made the embassy legally responsible for them.

The Foreign Office said it was "not true" it was thwarted by red tape.

The ICR's Ray Gray and Julie Ryan told the BBC they were disappointed they could not assist with rescue efforts in Japan.

  • 16 Mar 2011
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