Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Good details on how and why the US Embassy acted vis-a-vis dependents

Good Morning Everyone,

I've been spending a little time with the family over the three day weekend (in Tokyo), so the blog has been quiet...and largely because there hasn't been much to report.

Kudos to the US Embassy for detailed clarification on both (a) why families and dependents were allowed to leave and (b) that there are more people at the embassy working now than before the earthquake. My favorite quote:
Our employees remain in country, and we are absolutely open for business – in fact, the number of people working at the Embassy now is much larger than before the earthquake due to the number of experts who have arrived from the United States to augment our operations in these difficult times. We look forward to our dependents returning to Japan once the situation has eased.

A few other observations:

  • Aftershocks really continue to rattle the nerves. Had two more this morning, and while it is kind of fun for our little one to play the "hide under the table" game, her Mom and I are both tired of it.
  • If Dad happens to be retired military, and you ask for disaster recovery plans, plan to spend some thoughtful time sorting through the advice. It's great stuff, Dad, but will take us a little while to work into our earthquake bags.
  • There are about 450,000 people homeless due to the earthquake. If you haven't made a donation to the charity of your choice, please donate for Japan disaster relief here.
Otherwise, for many of us, as one of my clients said, it is "Business as Unusual". We're open, doing what we can to make things as normal as possible for everyone. As always, if there is anything that we can do to help out, personally or professionally, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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