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Resources for those missing relatives or friends in Japan

How do I find missing friends and relatives in Japan?

MEDIA RELEASE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) today encouraged those in Hawaii who are trying to locate missing relatives or friends in Japan or elsewhere in the tsunami zone to contact the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, or the Japanese Consulate. When contacting these agencies, include as much relevant information as possible about the missing person, as well as contact information for you or the individual’s family.

If you have concerns about a specific U.S. citizen in Japan, email japanemergencyusc@state.gov or call 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444.

If you have concerns about a specific U.S. citizen in the tsunami zone outside of Japan, email pacifictsunamiUSC@state.gov

If you have concerns about a Japanese citizen, contact the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate. In Hawaii, the Consulate can be reached at 808-543-3111.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan and the region on this terrible day,” said Senator Akaka. “I join President Obama in offering any assistance the United States can provide. To all those in Hawaii who have not been able to contact loved ones in Japan, I hope these resources will help. Communication in still limited in the region.”

A number of other helpful resources are available online.

  • United States Embassy in Japan website: japan.usembassy.gov/
  • U.S. State Department emergency page: travel.state.gov/travel/tips/e…
  • The Japanese Embassy’s website will have updated information as it becomes available, including many documents translated into English: www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/english…
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website will also post updated reports in English: www.mofa.go.jp/
  • Google has launched a 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Crisis Response page providing real-time updates on the situation. The page includes emergency phone numbers, links to warnings and advisories, transit and blackout information, and a people finder tool similar to the one made available following the recent earthquake in New Zealand: www.google.com/crisisresponse/…

U.S. Forces Japan reports that all personnel have been accounted for, and there are no reports of injuries. The Department of Defense instructs family members to call 1-800-342-9647 to inquire about their loved ones, or contact the individual unit command directly.

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