Japan has provided aid to help Alabama recover from the deadly tornadoes.

Japan representatives delivered 8,000 blankets and 150 huge pieces of plastic sheeting to Montgomery on Thursday. Attorney General Luther Strange and Alabama Development Office Director Seth Hammett accepted the donations on behalf of the state.

Japanese officials said the donations are a symbol of their country's appreciation for the help the United States provided after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

The attorney general says the blankets and plastic sheeting will be distributed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.