Biden shows support for Japan tsunami recovery

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, is greeted by Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan prior to their meeting at Kan's official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

TOKYO (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has met with Japan's prime minister to show support for tsunami recovery efforts and reaffirm U.S.-Japan ties before heading north to the tsunami-devastated northeastern coast.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan thanked Biden on Tuesday for U.S. relief help after the tsunami disaster.

Biden is scheduled to give a speech at the airport later Tuesday and visit residents who lost their homes in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and are now living in temporary housing.

Japan is the third and final stop in Biden's eight-day Asian tour that also took him to China and Mongolia.