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2011 Tohoku District/Pacific Coast Earthquake
Statement by Consul General Hiroshi Inomata
  I would like to express my profound gratitude for all the communications that the Consulate General has been receiving that express concern and sympathy for those affected by the earthquake. Early reports are that the Tohoku District/Pacific Ocean earthquake is of historic magnitude. While injuries and damages are currently being further assessed, they are quite severe and the effects are ongoing.

The Consulate is working diligently to respond to the many communications from concerned parties-spanning from the many Japanese nationals and visitors present in California, to Americans with friends and family in the affected regions, to friends of Japan.

The Consulate has set up a special operations room to receive inquiries or communications concerning the earthquake. The contact numbers are as follows:

Weekdays - business hours only:
General: (415) 777-3533 ext. 441, 409, 468, 418
Media inquiries: (415) 356-2460

After business hours and weekend:
(415) 777-3533

Regarding the 2011 Tohoku Pacific Earthquake Donations Relief, please see the links below.
Japanese: http://www.sf.us.emb-japan.go.jp/archives/PR/2011/pr_11_0314.htm
English: http://www.sf.us.emb-japan.go.jp/archives/PR_e/2011/pr_11_0314.htm

For other assistance, please e-mail con-f@cgjsf.org.

Attached is a list of current online resources for important updates. As there are reports of difficulties in contacting individuals in Japan by telephone, Japan's telephone carriers have established an emergency message board system, whereby a telephone user in Japan can upload a message concerning his/her safety which can then be looked up online based on the user's telephone number. The United States Department of State has listed resources for concerns regarding the safety of American nationals in Japan.

The outpouring of inquiries sends a strong signal of friendship and is further proof of how closely California and Japan are intertwined. Once again, thank you for your concern and compassion. We will keep the public posted about further developments.

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