U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos showed his appreciation to U.S. troops, who have participated in relief efforts in Japan. Ambassador Roos said, "Today we stand together, Japan and the United States, side by side, on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, as friends who over the last three and a half weeks, have worked together day and night to uplift this great country from the horrific devastation."
The Department of Defense is actively providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in support of Operation Tomodachi, which means "friends" in Japanese. Since Operation Tomodachi began, 7th Fleet forces have delivered more than 260 tons of relief supplies to earthquake/tsunami survivors and flown 160 aerial reconnaissance and search sorties. The U.S. Agency for International Development is coordinating the overall U.S. government efforts in support of the Japanese government's response to the earthquakes and subsequent tsunami. USAID's Disaster Assistance Response Team continues to engage at three levels to determine any possible humanitarian needs in Japan: nationally through Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, locally at the prefecture level and in coordination with U.S. Forces-Japan, and through Japanese civil society organizations.
In a letter from President Obama to the Emperor of Japan, the President said: "The United States has put all available means of support at Japan's disposal, and countless American citizens and organizations have also reached out to help. I speak for all Americans in expressing admiration for the courage, strength, and determination with which the people of Japan are responding to this crisis. I have every confidence that Japan will rebound from this tragedy even stronger than before and set an example for other nations through your resilience. As the people of Japan recover and rebuild, the United States will stand steadfast by your side as a friend, partner, and ally."
You can learn more about the U.S. response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan by reading U.S. Embassy Tokyo's latest fact sheet, here.