Photo of the Week: U.S. Provides Disaster Relief to Japan

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 18, 2011
U.S. Navy Sailors Move Relief Supplies off the Coastline of Japan

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This week's photo of the week comes to us from Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael Feddersen of the U.S. Navy, and shows U.S. Navy sailors moving food and water onto an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, located off the coastline of Japan to provide disaster relief and humanitarian assistance following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of northern Japan and the subsequent tsunami on March 11, 2011.

In addition to providing U.S. military services and operations and disaster relief and humanitarian assistance teams to assist the Japanese authorities throughout the area affected by the earthquake and tsunami, the U.S. Government is attending to the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens in Japan. State Department Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy said this week: "...we depend in the State Department in this matter on information that's coming to us from the Department of Energy, from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Those are our experts. We discuss with them, we listen to their guidance, their concepts and their predictions. reached the point where we thought that it was advisable to simply tell American citizens the information that we had, and leave it to American citizens to make an informed choice on the basis of the information we provided. ...we put out lots and lots of information, consular warden notices, information on the website, telling people to contact us if they need assistance. And that's our process. We tell the people ...what assistance is available and how to contact us, and then they do that."

He continued, "The diplomatic relations are very, very strong, and the President has spoken to the prime minister. Our ambassador speaks to the foreign minister and senior - other Japanese Government officials. Our militaries continue to work with the Japanese self-defense forces. Our technical experts are working with Tokyo Electric Power and METI. So the relationship is solid. There is information being exchanged all the time. And you can never have enough information in a situation like this. But there is an ongoing and very, very positive relationship."

Bureau of Consular Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary for Overseas Citizens Services James D. Pettit also spoke this week about the situation in Japan. He said, "We encourage people register, those who are in Japan, through our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, also available through Friends and family can also input data on missing loved ones also through They can input the data directly and even upload photographs."

You can read Under Secretary Kennedy's and Deputy Assistant Secretary Pettit's full remarks here. You can also read more about the U.S. response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan here, read the Travel Warning, and get Embassy updates.



South Korea
March 19, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

i read this story, some woman lived Korea, now living in Japan.

government have no idea and will of the citizens saving. There is the risk, I do not want to hear any more words. What have the worst bureaucracy are going to punt, my dear ... just like the Liberal Democratic Party or the Democratic Party or.(The behavior is similar to the ruling and opposition parties, I think.) foolish people ...

Do not end the lives of those rescued difficult.The live, lives that are evacuating from the Fukushima prefecture!

Now there is no country in Asia to make war under the premise, that Japan and the U.S. troops stationed in South Korea's air force or other means of transport in Japan by putting, delivering supplies, or move to a safe place for survivors? Even where a weak radioactive contamination of...

PS Today I went to one place, there is a long time I wanted to find each other on the other side does not follow the clue came,

New Mexico, USA
March 20, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I pulled this off BBC Live and thought this to be appropriate for inclusion here, as I would be inclined to say the same about all those involved in the relief effort generally.

Jun Morikawa in Tokyo writes: "Never was so much owed by so many to so few." Sir Winston Churchill praised those brave and noble soldiers who were at the time fighting the Battle of Britain. His famous speech applies to those few courageous folks (technicians, fire-fighters and Self-Defense Forces officers) fighting the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant. This is a true story of the Mission Impossible in Japan now. No one could ever possibly be able to find proper word to thank them for their incredible determination and commitment to save the nation at their own peril. We are unimaginably grateful to have real heroes like them! Such honourable conduct of their mission will be remembered forever as the moment the destiny of Japan was saved by few tremendously courageous individuals. "


To remain calm and centered in such crisis is to not give one's self to it. But allows one to give all to resolve it.

The world will thank them for such efforts.


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