Courtesy Call on Mr. Naoto Kan, Prime Minister, by Dr. John V. Roos, Ambassador of the United States to Japan

March 19, 2011

On Saturday, March 19, 2011, from 18:00 to 18:55, Prime Minister Naoto Kan received a courtesy call by Ambassador John Roos of the United States.

  1. Ambassador Roos expressed his deep sympathy and condolences, and reiterated that the United States, as an ally of Japan, would continue to extend its assistance to the maximum extent.

  2. In response, Prime Minister Kan expressed his gratitude to the facts that President Obama made phone calls twice since the earthquake and signed the book of condolence at the Embassy of Japan in the United States.  Prime Minister Kan also conveyed his appreciation for the cooperation of the United States, such as deployment of rescue teams, which had made great efforts in search and rescue activities and were to leave tonight, the cooperation by the United States Forces in Japan including deployment of an aircraft carrier and provision of goods, and deployment of various nuclear experts.

  3. In regard with the accidents at the nuclear power plants, Prime Minister Kan gave a detailed briefing on the current situation, to which Ambassador Roos listened very intently. While Prime Minister Kan told the Ambassador that he would continue to share the information with the international society without concealing it, both sides agreed to stay alert and jointly exert the utmost effort.

  4. Finally, Ambassador Roos said that he would like to continue and further the current close communication between Japan and the United States and also wished success of the measures on the nuclear power plant.
    • (* This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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