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Wednesday
Mar162011

Ambassador: More Aid Arriving in Japan; US Agrees with Plant Response

Japan [dot] USEmbassy [dot] gov(TOKYO) -- The U.S. ambassador to Japan, John V. Roos, held a press conference Wednesday at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo to address the current nuclear situation there and what the U.S. is doing to help.

In addition to the American engineers, specialists, and experts already at the unstable Fukushima nuclear power plant, Roos said the U.S. added an additional seven experts from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who arrived in Japan Wednesday.

Roos added that the U.S. also supplied Japan with aerial and ground radiation monitoring equipment, including detectors, data acquisition systems, and health physics kits.  The equipment arrived Tuesday night, along with 34 personnel with "expertise in health physics and airborne and ground-based radiation field monitoring."

On the aid front, Roos noted the U.S. military has delivered over 7,000 pounds of food and water to the areas hit by the 9.0 magnitude quake and tsunami and that more goods are on their way.

"Nine ships are assisting in the relief operations, and helicopters and other aircraft have now flown over 50 missions to conduct survivor recoveries, transport passengers, and distribute food and water supplies in the most needy areas," said Roos.

Moreover, Roos said that "more than $5.8 million of United States aid has come to Japan so far and more is on the way."

Addressing the radiation levels at the Fukushima plant, Roos said that U.S. experts are in agreement with the assessments made by the Japanese government.

"After a careful analysis of data, radiation levels, and damage assessments of all units at Fukushima, our experts are in agreement with the response and measures taken by Japanese technicians, including their recommended 20 km radius for evacuation and additional shelter-in-place recommendations out to 30 km," he said in a separate statement issued the same day as the conference.

In that statement, Roos also noted that U.S. and Japanese sensitive instrumentation reported very low levels of radiation outside the evacuation area and that it is being carefully monitored.  Should the levels pose a threat to public health, he added that "we will share that information and provide relevant guidance immediately."

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