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On March 23, 2011, Ambassador John Roos visited a disaster relief shelter at Watanoha Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Japan. Ambassador Roos said, "Nature -- it can destroy precious human life, it can destroy property, but it cannot destroy the human spirit, and today here I've witnessed the best of humanity. The thoughts and prayers of my country, the United States, are with you. We are here to help. We love you. We will be here for you today, tomorrow, in the months and years to come. The Japanese people, you in this room, are the most resilient people in the world and I know -- I have no doubt -- that you will recover from this horrible tragedy."
You can view photographs of Ambassador Roos' visit here.