By The Oregonian

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The president of Tigard-based Medical Teams International leaves today for Japan to survey affected areas in the wake of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis that hit the country’s northern coastline last month.

Christian Relief, Assistance, Support and Hope (CRASH Japan) asked MTI president Bas Vanderzalm to provide guidance in organizational development and strategic response after the country’s worst disaster since World War II, according to Marlene Minor, vice president of communication for the relief organization formerly known as Northwest Medical Teams.

Vanderzalm, who has more than 30 years of experience in international aid, leaves for Tokyo at 2 p.m. to visit affected areas to assess the need for trauma counseling and other types of longer-term assistance.

He will be joined this weekend by a volunteer team of emergency response specialists with training in critical incident response techniques, Minor said in a press release.

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