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March 17, 2011

RI Embassy in Tokyo has evacuated 33 Indonesians from Miyagi, Japan

33 Indonesians have been evacuated from Miyagi, Japan

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 03/17/2011 6:27 PM | National
The Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo has evacuated 33 Indonesian citizens from Miyagi prefecture, one of the areas most severely affected by the quake-triggered tsunami last week.

They arrived in Tokyo on Thursday morning, local time, according to a statement from the embassy.

The 33 citizens are workers at the Japanese company, Kawamura Food Processing. They were seeking refuge at Torio High School in Miyagi when a disaster-relief team from the embassy found them on Wednesday, Antara reported.

The embassy also confirmed that 17 Indonesian crewmembers of the ship Yahata Maru No. 35 were safe. Their families lost contact with them after the tsunami.

It received reports on the conditions of the Indonesian crewmembers from the Japan Tuna Fisheries Corporation. They are currently still in Miyagi.

139 Indonesians still missing in Japan, no confirmed deaths

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 03/17/2011 6:25 PM | National
At least 139 Indonesians were still missing in Japan as of Thursday, following last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry says.

“We still haven't been able to confirm the condition of 139 people,” Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said Thursday in Jakarta.

However, he said, the number of missing was lower than an earlier estimate of 160 people released by his ministry.

Marty said there were no confirmed deaths of Indonesian citizens.

He also said he had instructed the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo to send a team to evacuate Indonesian citizens living within 50 kilometers of the critically damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor.

The minister said he had not received any report that any Indonesian had been exposed to high levels of radiation, but added that some were still undergoing health checks.

He said 19 Indonesians would arrive from Japan in Jakarta on Thursday evening, adding to 109 who had already been evacuated to Jakarta.

Japan's Emperor Addresses Nation In Historic Speech

Emperor Akihito Speech, Please Be Kind To Each Other
In a very rare occasion, Emperor Akihito has made a heartfelt speech with his messages to the victims of the eartquake and tsunami. He also expresses his respect for the brave men who are trying to deal with the nuclear reactors. And he asks of all of us here in Japan, "to be kind to each other."

Following the disastrous events in Japan, Emperor Akihito addresses his fellow nation, asking his people to not give up hope.

Japan's Emperor Akihito has delivered a video message to express sympathy for people affected by Friday's devastating earthquake and call for concerted efforts to overcome hardships.

The speech on Wednesday was the first in which the Emperor expressed his feelings on video.

He said the death toll has been increasing daily and that it is not clear how far it will rise. He said he hopes the safety of as many people as possible is confirmed.

He expressed deep concern about the situation of the quake-hit nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, and said he hopes related people's efforts will prevent the situation from worsening.

The Emperor said he hopes from his heart that all people will pull together and care for each other to survive during this difficult time.

He expressed a wish that affected people will never give up hope and will take care of themselves to continue their lives.

The Emperor also expressed hope that everyone in the country will continue to monitor the process of rebuilding affected areas.

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Indonesia to fly 5 tons of aid to Japan

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 03/17/2011 7:31 PM | National

Indonesia will send on Thursday night five tons of humanitarian aid to quake- and tsunami-hit Japan.

The aid will be carried by national airline Garuda Indonesia on flight GA 884, which departs from Jakarta to Tokyo at 11.50 p.m. today.

Garuda said in a press statement that the aid included 10,000 blankets and 100 boxes of mineral water.

The airline also said its flights to and from Japan were still operating normally. Garuda also flies to Japan's Osaka and Nagoya from Jakarta and Denpasar, reported.

Live update on tsunami aftermath in Japan, ,March 18th.2011
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7.44am A US nuclear Official has told The LA Times newspaper that the Japanese nuclear crisis could last for "weeks" before the situation is brought under control.
Japanese-American volunteer Darin Furukawa dressed in a traditional Japanese Samurai outfit, collects donations during an all day Red Cross fundraiser to support the Japanese earthquake relief efforts outside Los Angeles City Hall yesterday. Picture: AP

Japan Charities

Japan Charities
Japanese-American volunteer Darin Furukawa dressed in a traditional Japanese Samurai outfit, collects donations during an all day Red Cross fundraiser to support the Japanese earthquake relief efforts outside Los Angeles City Hall yesterday. Picture: AP
Source: AP
7.20am President Barack Obama has reiterated that his administration does not expect harmful levels of radiation from the troubled Japanese Fukushima nuclear facility to reach to any part of the US.
"I want to be very clear. We do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the United States, whether it's the West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska, or US territories in the Pacific."
President Obama provides an update on the situation in Japan following earthquakes and a tsunami and says the United States is committed to providing support and helping Japan recover and rebuild. March 17, 2011.
Standing with Japan

7.10am Emergency workers are frantic to regain control of Japan's dangerously overheated nuclear complex and have turned to increasingly elaborate methods to cool the overheated reactors. So far they include using police water cannons, heavy-duty fire trucks and military helicopters and dropping bucket after enormous bucket of water onto the stricken system.
7.04am Australians have been told to leave Tokyo due to the radiation risk from the earthquake-damaged nuclear reactors.
7.02am The BBC is reporting that a power line has  been successfully laid and connected to the No. 2 reactor at Fukushima according to the UN nuclear agency. It is hoped this will allow power to be restored to water pumps cooling the reactor.
Headlights of vehicles stream along a landscape destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan yesterday. Kyodo News

APTOPIX Japan Earthquake

APTOPIX Japan Earthquake
Headlights of vehicles stream along a landscape destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan yesterday. Kyodo News
Source: AP
6.49am US Coal stocks are rising due to the uncertainty over the future of nuclear power after Japan's quake and tsunami disaster devastated the country's nuclear industry, reported Reuters.
6.36am Trace amounts of radiation from Japan have been detected in the mid-western US city of Chicago reported CBS. Japanese travellers landing at O'Hare airport reportedly triggered radiation detectors, however the amounts detected were very small.
6.26am Japan has pumped more funds into its shaky financial system after stocks fell and the yen surged to a record high, which Tokyo blamed on currency speculators following the huge earthquake.
The central bank injected another 6 trillion yen ($79.14 billion), increasing to 34 trillion yen  ($448.46 billion) the total funds added to money markets since Monday to soothe jitters after last week's disaster.
The US Navy is shown lending a hand with the clean up, removing sediment yesterday from behind a damaged building. Sailors from Naval Air Facility at Misawa and its tenant commands are assisting with the clean up of the tsunami-damaged city. Picture: US Navy/Devon Dow

5.20am AN IAEA expert says the situation at the Fukushima plant hasn't worsened "significantly" over the past 24 hours, but it would be premature to talk about a ray of hope.

Scientific and technical adviser to the head of the IAEA, Graham Andrew, says the current situation at units 1, 2 and 3 of the plant, whose cores had suffered damage from a number of explosions and fires, "appears to be relatively stable".
Rescue workers were frantically working to cool down the reactors by injecting sea water to prevent the worst-case scenario of a meltdown.
5.07am  Barack Obama paid a visit to the Japanese Embassy this morning (FOX News).
An official said the US president wanted to sign a condolence book and "reiterate our nation's steadfast commitment to standing by the Japanese people during this time of crisis".
4.08am The Associated Press has this account about the conditions facing quake survivors and the devastating effect the quake has had on the elderly population in Japan.
Kinuyo Kojima, is a 65-year-old woman whose house washed away in the tsunami, she is currently sheltering in a high-school gym with other survivors.
"We live like animals." The stench of backed-up toilets has made some retch, and they complain of constipation from the diet of rice and little or nothing else.

"You should have seen us when we got a piece of chicken yesterday," Kojima said. "We were so excited over a tiny piece of meat. It had been so long."
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