U.S., Japan announce joint post-crisis rebuilding effort
Post-crisis rebuilding: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Japanese foreign minister Takeaki Matsumoto inTokyo Sunday.
- NEW: U.S. Chamber of Commerce president joins Clinton in Japan
- Secretary Clinton says aid to Japan honors its legacy of assisting others
- The joint venture aims to help Tokyo confront a "multidimensional crisis," Clinton says
- More than 13,000 people have died from the March earthquake and subsequent tsunami
Tokyo (CNN) -- The U.S. secretary of state and the Japanese foreign minister on Sunday announced plans for a joint reconstruction venture as the Asian nation grapples with a nuclear crisis following a devastating earthquake and deadly tsunami.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said aid to Japan honors Japan's legacy of assisting other countries in crisis.
"Our two governments ... have agreed to create a public-private partnership for reconstruction," Clinton said. "We wish to enhance cooperation between Japan and American businesses, between civil society groups, public officials, under the guidance of the government of Japan, with its planning."
Appearing with Clinton and Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto was Tom Donohue, the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides.
"Their presence here is a reflection of the American business community's full faith in Japan's economic recovery," Clinton said.
9 months to shut down Japan's reactors?
Details on the "public-private venture" are still being worked out, but the reconstruction program will be majority Japanese.
The United States is acting out of longtime friendship in helping Tokyo confront a "multidimensional crisis," Clinton said.
She arrived in Tokyo on Sunday, about five weeks after the nation has hit with the earthquake and tsunami that left more than 13,000 people dead.
Matsumoto said the United States has provided "great support" to the nation during the tragedy.
Part of complete coverage on
One effect of Japan's deadly quake has been to remind many of the importance of family and to drive them to the altar.
Toyota has announced drastic production cuts due to difficulty in supplying parts following the earthquake in Japan.
There's an eerie stillness about the desolate buildings and empty streets of Pripyat.
A photographer documents the ghost town left behind by the nuclear crisis in Japan. What he found was a "time stop."
Somber ceremonies mark one month since the earthquake and tsunami killed as many as 25,000 people.
Witnesses capture the very first moments of the devastating tsunami that struck Japan in March.
A month after a devastating earthquake sent a wall of water across the Japanese landscape, the global terrain of the atomic power industry has been forever altered.
Engineers use a flying drone to peer into the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Today's five most popular stories