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The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo is searching for Americans in Japan and dispatching relief teams with military precision as U.S. diplomats respond to the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that crippled America’s closest Asian ally.
“We have and continue to mobilize all appropriate resources,” Ambassador John Roos said Sunday in a message to American citizens.
He warned them to beware of “misinformation” and urged them to follow the instructions of Japanese civil defense authorities.
The ambassador said he has received no report of any American injured or killed in the earthquake that struck Japan on Friday. Of 160,000 Americans in Japan, about 1,300 are in areas most affected by the disaster, Mr. Roos said. He dispatched consular officers to those areas to find and help them.
Disaster teams from the U.S. Agency for International Development and experts from the Energy Department, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services also have arrived in Japan, the ambassador said.
Rescue teams from Fairfax County, Va., and Los Angeles, along with dogs trained to find victims buried in the rubble of collapsed buildings, are on the ground, Mr. Roos said.
“It goes without saying that we feel great sorrow, and our hearts go out to the people of Japan and to all of those who have been affected by the events of the last few days. Japan is our close ally and partner,” Mr. Roos told reporters at an embassy news conference Saturday.
He was flanked by Air ForceLt. Gen. Burt Field, commander of U.S. forces in Japan; Navy Capt. Justin Cooper, the embassy’s defense attache; John Breed, the USAID counselor, and Consul General Paul Fitzgerald.
Mr. Roos urged U.S. citizens trying to find information on friends or relatives in Japan to send an e-mail to the State Department at JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov and include the full name, date of birth and place of birth of the people they are seeking.
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
• A delegation from Kazakhstan: Marat Beketayev, executive secretary at the Ministry of Justice; Kuandyk Bishimbayev, vice minister for Economic Development and Trade; and Nurlan Yermekbayev, a top adviser to President Nursultan Nazarbayev. They will meet with administration officials.
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