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S. Korea ships radiation protective masks to Japan
SEOUL, March 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's state-run nuclear power company said Friday that it shipped radiation protective masks to Japan to help emergency workers at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant.

   Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP) said it sent 200 masks and special filters by air after receiving an urgent request by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the nuclear power station that started releasing radioactive materials late last week.

   "KHNP is committed to providing full assistance to the Japanese power company," a company spokesperson said.

   He also said company president Kim Jong-shin sent a letter to TEPCO CEO Masataka Shimizu on Tuesday offering to provide material and technical aid.

   The South Korean company also said it is ready to ship 52.6 tons of boric acid to Japan, which can be used to control fission reactions inside a nuclear reactor.