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Stars and Stripes reporters across Japan and the world are sending disaster dispatches as they gather new facts, updated in real time. All times are local Tokyo time.  Japan is 13 hours ahead of the East Coast. So for example, 8 a.m. EDT is 9 p.m. in Japan.

For extended coverage, see the Earthquake Disaster in Japan page.

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Resiliency of youth takes stage in Japan


     0:12 a.m. Monday, Tokyo time

People in northern Japan, on the long road to recovery after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami, are experiencing moments that bring smiles, tears and fears, CNN reports.

They're coping with the growing death toll, which stood at 10,489 Sunday morning, according to the National Police Agency. About 16,621 are missing and 2,777 were reported injured.

Amid the death and debris, a graduation ceremony at one school reminded people of the resiliency of youth, the news agency wrote.

As women dabbed their eyes, a row of tiny kindergartners took to the stage of a elementary school serving as a refugee center in Natori to sing their school song.

-- Sandra Jontz

Uniform update for Yokota

     midnight Sunday, Tokyo time 

Via Yokota Air Base, Japan Facebook page:

In case you all were wondering, tomorrow's uniform of the day will be Airman Battle Uniforms and flightsuits, not blues.

-- Dave Ornauer

DODEA Pacific's Facebook page links to WHO information

     11:04 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Latest updates from the World Health Organization on the disaster and relief efforts can also be seen on DODEA Pacific's Facebook page by clicking here:

-- Dave Ornauer

Officials: Big spike at Japan nuke plant an error

     10:10 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Important update: Emergency workers struggling to pump contaminated water from Japan's stricken nuclear complex fled from one of the troubled reactors Sunday after reporting a huge increase in radioactivity - a spike that officials later apologetically said was inaccurate, The Associated Press now reports.

The apology came after employees fled the complex's Unit 2 reactor when a reading showed radiation levels had reached 10 million times higher than normal in the reactor's cooling system. Officials said they were so high that the worker taking the measurements had withdrawn before taking a second reading.

On Sunday night, though, plant operators said that while the water was contaminated with radiation, the extremely high reading was a mistake.

Read more here

-- Sandra Jontz

Misawa officials post slides of updated base situation on Facebook

     10:10 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

NAF Misawa's Facebook page updated with latest set of slides on the base situation. To see the update, click here:

-- Dave Ornauer

U.S.-Philippine military drills might be scaled back

     8:45 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Officials tell The Associated Press that annual exercises involving thousands of U.S. and Filipino troops will be held next month as scheduled but might be scaled back because of U.S. military relief operations in Japan following its massive earthquake and tsunami.

Philippine military spokesman Maj. Enrico Ileto told AP Sunday that humanitarian missions such as school construction during the April 5-15 Balikatan exercises will proceed as planned but some field maneuvers may be affected by the U.S. military's relief activities in Japan.

U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Rebecca Thompson said some "transportation assets" for the exercises can possibly be shifted to Japan. Details of other possible changes are to be announced later.

About 8,000 U.S. and Filipino troops are to join the exercises, AP writes.

-- Sandra Jontz

To rebuild or not? Japan's tsunami coast wonders

     8:18 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

When he was younger, the carpenter picked a spot just off the Shikaori River and built his house. Toshio Onodera chiseled the joints for the wooden roof beams and cemented the tiles onto the front porch. He mounted ivory-colored siding on the outside walls, The Associated Press reports.

His parents moved in with him, and so did his mother's mother. He is the oldest son, and that is what tradition dictates here. He lived in the house for nearly 30 years. Then suddenly, on March 11, it was no more - destroyed by the tsunami, a three-story wall of black water that followed the course of the river and all but obliterated his neighborhood.

Now he sleeps on the floor of a crowded junior high school gymnasium, next to his 83-year-old mother and alongside hundreds of neighbors, nearly all of them long past retirement. It's a community living beneath basketball hoops, adrift on a sea of acrylic blankets.

To read more, click here

-- Sandra Jontz

Tiny amounts of radiation from Japan reach Nevada

     8:03 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Nevada has joined several western states in reporting that minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan's damaged nuclear plant are showing up, The Associated Press reports. But as with the other states, scientists say there is no health risk.

Extremely small amounts of the radioactive isotopes iodine-131 and xenon-133 reached a monitoring station by Las Vegas' Atomic Testing Museum this week, said Ted Hartwell, manager of the Desert Research Institute's Community Environmental Monitoring Program.

Hartwell said he's certain the isotopes came from Japan because they're not usually detected in Nevada. But he said the readings were far below levels that could pose any health risks.

To read more, click here

-- Sandra Jontz

No increase radiation levels at Yokota

     7:05 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Via Yokota Air Base's Facebook page, addressing Sunday's rationation levels, the command posts that air monitoring results indicate NO increased radiation levels at Yokota. Readings remain at normal everyday levels. Sunday's levels average 14 µR, equivalent to everyday levels at Topeka, Kansas.

-- Dave Ornauer

Updated information on Monday's Voluntary Departure flight from NAF Atsugi's; Tuesday's flight from Yokota canceled.

     7:05 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Voluntary Departure - For those interested in voluntary departure, a flight will be leaving out of Atsugi on Monday, March 28. The flight leaving Yokota on Tuesday March 29 has been canceled. All 55 passengers who signed up for the Yokota flight are now on the Atsugi flight and need to be at the Fleet Rec Center no later than 8 a.m. Monday.

All eligible persons wishing to sign up for the flight should call 243-1719 or 243-1704. Also, the departure change from Yokota to Atsugi has changed the guidance on pets. There is NO MORE room for pets. If you have already signed up for the flight with a pet(s) you are good to go.

-- Dave Ornauer

Updated radio interview with commanding officer

     7 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Radio interview with Yokota 374th Airlift Wing commanding officer Col. Otto Feather on Eagle 810.

To listen to the interview, click here:

-- Dave Ornauer

Yokosuka town hall video of Q&A

     6:55 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

A bit hard to hear, but a town hall meeting for parents, teachers and DODDS staff at Yokosuka Naval Base, questions and answer session:

To watch, click here:

-- Dave Ornauer

Singer/songwriter Susan Osborn performs benefit concert for people of Sendai

     6:34 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Renown singer/songwriter Susan Osborn will be the featured attraction as Isle be Jammin’ hosts a benefit concert for the people of Sendai, Japan, on Sunday afternoon in Harbor, Washington state.

Osborn will perform two 40-minute sets at the afternoon concert. Donations can be made at the door; those unable to attend can donate to: OICC Helping Hands Japan Fund, P.O. Box 205, Eastsound, WA 98245.

-- Sandra Jontz

Food contamination set to rise as Japan fights radiation crisis

     5:38 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Radioactive contamination in food is likely to worsen, Bloomberg News reports, as Japan enters a third straight week of battling the biggest nuclear-energy crisis since Chernobyl.

“The number of radiation-affected foods will likely increase as each prefecture is testing its produce,” Taku Ohhara, an official at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, said in a phone interview with Bloomberg. As of late Saturday night, some 99 products, including milk and vegetables, were found to be contaminated in Tokyo and five prefectures to its north and east, according to the health ministry’s statement on its website.

Radiation on some vegetables produced in Fukushima and Chiba prefectures was higher than legal standards, Japan’s Health Ministry said yesterday, according to Kyodo News. Chiba detected above-maximum radiation on 11 vegetables including red- leaf lettuce, Kyodo reported today.

The ministry has tentatively set guidance for tolerable levels of radioactivity for each product. Food products including spinach, broccoli, red-leaf lettuce and cabbage are deemed unsafe if they exceed 2,000 Becquerels per kilogram of iodine-131 and 500 Becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium.

-- Sandra Jontz

Workers evacuated as radioactivity rises in Japan reactor

     5:07 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Workers were evacuated on Sunday from a reactor building they were working in after high doses of radiation were detected at Japan's stricken nuclear power plant in Fukushima, the plant's operator told Reuters.

Tokyo Electric Power Co, the plant's operator, said radiation 10 million times the usual level was detected in water that had accumulated at the No.2 reactor's turbine housing unit.

An official at TEPCO said workers left the No.2 reactor's turbine housing unit to prevent exposure to radiation.

-- Sandra Jontz

Status report: Reactor by reactor at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant

     4:32 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Since March 11, the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been in various states of disrepair after being battered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

CNN provides the latest on the status of each reactor and what was being done to prevent further emissions of radioactive material. To follow, read here

-- Sandra Jontz

Burials in quake-hit towns deepen Japan's tragedy

     3:50 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

In a gripping tale, The Associated Press writes of more heartache hitting Japan. One report starts like this:

The funeral for Chieko Mori's daughter and granddaughter was an affront to Japanese sacred customs - the two were placed in simple wooden coffins that soldiers lowered into a ditch in a vegetable patch as a backhoe poured in earth, burying them alongside scores of other bodies.

Such an unceremonious disposal of the dead would be unthinkable in Japan in normal times. But the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami have left a huge backlog of thousands of bodies in makeshift morgues, leaving local governments no choice but to bury them in hastily dug mass graves.

In small-town Japan, the AP continues, the funeral is an elaborate and highly formalized Buddhist ritual, in which the body is washed, dressed and cremated, the ashes interred at the family tomb.

So this - mass graves, heavy machinery, improvised rites - is almost unbearable, a tragedy that robs both survivors and the dead of closure.

Read more here

-- Sandra Jontz

Traces of radiation from Japanese nuclear plant detected in China

     3:20 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Traces of radioactive iodine have been detected in China's Heilongjiang province, CNN has reported, citing a Chinese government agency report to state-run media.

The slight rise in radiation, which authorities determined had emanated from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, was a minuscule fraction -- one-hundred-thousandth, to be exact -- beyond normal background radiation levels, according to China's National Nuclear Emergency Coordination Committee report to Xinhua.

Because of the low level, the government agency said there was no harm to public health in China and said there was no need for any extra precautions.

-- Sandra Jontz

Japan nuke workers grapple with radioactive water

   1:52 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

From The Associated Press:
Workers grappled Sunday with how to remove and store highly radioactive water pooling in four troubled units at a nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan that has been leaking radiation making its way into food and water.

Read full story here.

- Tim Wightman

Latest Misawa slides

   1:33 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Updated Misawa slides from NAF Misawa's Facebook page:


- Dave Ornauer

Update from Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian assistance

   1:32 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time


- Dave Ornauer

Capt. Owen's latest Yokosuka address

   1:30 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

From Fleet Activities Yokosuka's Facebook page, Captain Owen's latest video address to CFAY personnel:


- Dave Ornauer

Heat to remain on tomorrow in Yokosuka towers, offices

   1:28 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

From Fleet Activities Yokosuka's Facebook page:

Heating in towers and office spaces - Because of the lower than normal temperatures, the heat will not be turned off in the towers or office spaces tomorrow. We will continue to monitor temperatures and provide notification when we intend to turn it off in the future.

- Dave Ornauer

Last Atsugi voluntary departure flight to leave Monday

   12:01 p.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Reminder from NAF Atsugi's Facebook page re: last volutary departure flight:

NAF Atsugi
– ATTENTION – The last voluntary departure flight from NAF Atsugi bound for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEATAC) will depart Monday Mar. 28. The show time at Cinema 77 on Mar. 28th. will be noon.

- Dave Ornauer

Yokosuka-area bus information

   11:58 a.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

From Fleet Activities Yokosuka's Facebook page. Updated information on buses available for students at Yokosuka-area schools starting Monday:


- Dave Ornauer

Fukushima update

   11:41 a.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Latest update from the International Atomic Energy Agency on activity at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tsunamiupdate01.html

- Dave Ornauer

Latest Tomodachi Times from Yokota

   11:39 a.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

From Yokota Air Base's Facebook page:

Read the latest edition of the Tomodachi Times here: http://www.yokota.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-110326-001.pdf

- Dave Ornauer

Japan's government criticizes nuke plant operator

   11:37 a.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Japan's government revealed a series of missteps by the operator of a radiation-leaking nuclear plant on Saturday, including sending workers in without protective footwear in its faltering efforts to control a monumental crisis. The U.S. Navy, meanwhile, rushed to deliver fresh water to replace corrosive salt water now being used in a desperate bid to cool the plant's overheated reactors.

Read full story here.

- Dave Ornauer

‎UN Nuclear chief: Japan nuclear crisis far from over

   10:26 a.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

Japanese engineers struggled on Sunday to pump radioactive water from a crippled nuclear power station while the world's chief nuclear inspector said the country was "still far from the end of the accident," according to a story from Reuters.

Read full story here.

- Tim Wightman

Updated Misawa slides

   10:18 a.m. Sunday, Tokyo time

From the NAF Misawa Facebook page:


- Tim Wightman

Tsunami and radiation might sink Japanese fishermen

     11:44 p.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

The tsunami that slammed Japan two weeks ago wiped out homes, businesses and a fishing industry that was the lifeblood for thousands of victims on the northeast coast, Reuters reports.

The tsunami erased aquatic farms just offshore along with low-lying seaside areas that are home to fleets fishing along the coast, while a nuclear plant in Fukushima leaking radiation has raised concerns about marine life in the region over the longer term.

"Fishermen lost their gear, ships and just about everything. About half will probably get out of the business," said Yuko Sasaki, a fishmonger in the tsunami-hit city of Kamaishi.

-- Sandra Jontz

Tsunami threat could catch Northwest off guard

     11:07 p.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

When the big one hits the Pacific Northwest, the best place to escape the wall of water moving at jetliner speed from 50 miles off the coast may be a City Hall on stilts, The Associated Press reports from Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Not to overdramatize, but the AP reports that once the ground finishes two to four minutes of lurching and shaking, residents and tourists in Cannon Beach would flock to the refuge on concrete columns 14 feet above the waves racing beneath.

They would ... if the refuge gets built. There's nothing like it from Northern California to British Columbia and, so far, no money for anything like it.

It's an example of how underprepared the West Coast is for an earthquake and tsunami on the scale of what happened in Japan, AP writes.

Scientists say it's inevitable that an offshore seismic menace called the Cascadia Subduction Zone will one day unleash a megaquake. The last time it happened was 300 years ago when a magnitude-9 shaker spawned enormous ocean waves that slammed into the West Coast and damaged Japanese fishing villages.

-- Sandra Jontz

Doctors Without Borders supports psychologists Working in disasters' aftermath in Japan

     9:53 p.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, is supporting a team of six psychologists who will treat survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit northeast Japan on March 11.

For the past two weeks, a 12-person team has been treating patients with chronic diseases in one of the areas worst affected by the disasters. A psychologist was also sent in earlier this week to evaluate mental health needs, according to the organization's website.

“Many people now are in a phase of acute stress disorder, which is a totally natural response to this level of trauma,” Ritsuko Nishimae, a clinical psychologist working with the team in Minami Sanriku, said in a posted release. “If they are not able to get proper support psychologically, there is an increased possibility that they could develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),” the psychologist said.

-- Sandra Jontz

Tsunami-hit rice farmers face challenges in Japan

     9:40 p.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

The rice paddies on the outskirts of this tsunami-hit city are ankle-deep in a black, salty sludge. Crumpled cars and uprooted trees lie scattered across them, The Associated Press reports

His house destroyed, rice farmer Shinichi Shibasaki lives on a square of blue tarp on the top floor of a farming cooperative office with others like him. He has one set of soiled clothes. But all he can think about is getting back to work.

"If we start washing the soil out now, we can start growing our rice seedlings at the end of April at a different location, and plant them here a month later," the 59-year-old farmer told the AP.

In the name of preserving tradition, Japan's mostly small-scale rice farmers are heavily protected from cheaper foreign competition. The emperor plants and harvests symbolic stalks every year, and some city dwellers rent small plots to grow rice on the edge of town. The country's mythology is filled with references to rice, and the written character for "rice field" forms part of many surnames.

-- Sandra Jontz

Company apologizes, says radiation exposure could have been prevented

     9:14 p.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

A power company apologized Saturday, CNN reports, saying the exposure of three workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant to highly radioactive water might have been avoided with better communication.

The Thursday incident has spurred questions about the source of the radioactive contamination in water, its potential to taint seawater nearby, and the prospect it might be evidence of a leak in at least one of the facility's six reactor cores.

It also prompted further criticism of the Tokyo Electric Power Co., which runs the plant, and how well it's safeguarding the nearly 500 individuals working to prevent more emission of potentially cancerous radioactive materials about two weeks after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami rocked the facility.

For more on the story and a video report, click here

-- Sandra Jontz

A really good summary of Dai-ichi thus far

     8:11 Saturday, Tokyo time

Reuters offers this summary of everything that's happened to the Fuskushima nuclear plant thus far.  It brings you up to speed on what's happened so far.

Read more by clicking here

-- Patrick Dickson

Radiation in seawater off nuclear plant spikes to 1,250 times normal

     7:09 p.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

CNN is reporting that the levels of radioactive iodine in seawater just offshore of the embattled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant spiked to more than 1,250 times higher than normal, the news agency quoted Japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency.

Samples taken Friday from a monitoring station 330 meters off the coast were significantly higher than results from the previous morning, when the level was 104 times above normal, CNN reported

The measurements also showed high levels of cesium and were taken outside the discharge canal for the plant's Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 reactors.

-- Sandra Jontz

'We could always count on him'

     6:36 p.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

From Travis Tritten, one of our guys in Sendai:

"Yoshiko Kikuchi, 35, stood outside the Miyagi gymnasium Thursday holding a slip of paper labeled with the number 42. She travels regularly to the sports complex stadium, which was converted to hold about 100 bodies of those recovered in nearby coastal towns, in hopes of finding her younger brother Manabu Abe, 31.

"Abe was swept away by a massive tsunami while driving in the town of Tagajo, she said. 'He was really tall and we could always count on him.'

"During each visit to the morgue, she and others are given a number and told to wait."

After dozens and dozens of stories, some can still go right through you.

For stories and photo, click here:

-- Patrick Dickson

No increased radiation levels at Yokota

     6:03 p.m. Saturday Tokyo time 

Posted to Yokota Air Base Facebook page:

Air monitoring results indicate NO increased radiation levels at Yokota. Readings remain at normal everyday levels. Today’s (Saturday's) levels average 20 µR This is equivalent to everyday levels at Omaha, Nebraska.

-- Matt Orr

Updated Yokosuka school bus information

     5:29 p.m. Saturday Tokyo time

Posted to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Effective Monday morning (28 March 2011) we shall be using five instead 10 school buses for picking up and dropping off the Sullivans', Yokosuka middle school's and Kinnick high school's students who live at CFAY Ikego's housing area.

This temporary change is being made because fewer students are now riding the school buses because of the voluntary evacuation to CONUS and to conserve fuel. Additional school buses shall be added in the future asstudents begin returning to the Yokosuka schools from their voluntary evacuation.

All five of Ikego's existing school bus stops shall continued to be serviced before school and again when the students are being returned home from their schools.  Students are expected to continue using the same Ikego housing bus stops they are currently using and to be at them by 6:25 a.m. ready for immediate bus boarding.

All students living at Ikego's housing area wanting to ride the school buses to and from their schools must have and display a current school year bus pass prior to each school bus boarding.

- One school bus will pick up all assigned 4th thru 12th grade students from the Asuka Tower bus stop at 6:30 a.m. and then proceed to Kinnick high school (arrival there at 7:05 a.m., then proceed to the Yokosuka middle school (arrival there at 7:10 a.m.) and then go to the Sullivans school (arrival there at 7:15 a.m.).  Depending on traffic conditions, this school bus will be returning the combined three schools' students to the Ikego's Asuka bus stop about 3:15 p.m.

-  One school bus shall pick up all assigned 4th thru 12th grade students from the playground bus stop at 6:30 a.m. and then proceed to Kinnick high school (arrival there at 7:05 a.m.), then proceed to the Yokosuka middle school (arrival there at 7:10 a.m.) and then go to the Sullivans school (arrival there at 7:15 a.m.).  Depending on traffic conditions, this school bus will be returning the combined three schools' students to the Ikego's playground bus stop about 3:15 p.m.

-  One school bus shall pick up all assigned 4th thru 12th grade students from the Shisagi bus stop at 6:30 a.m. and then proceed to Kinnick high school (arrival there at 7:05 a.m.), then proceed to the Yokosuka middle school (arrival there at 7:10 a.m.) and then go to the Sullivans school (arrival there at 7:15 a.m.).  Depending on traffic conditions, this school bus will be returning the combined three schools' students to the Ikego's Shisagi bus stop about 3:15 p.m.

-  One school bus shall pick up all assigned 4th thru 12th grade students from the Sasagayato bus stop at 06:30 and then proceed to Kinnick high school (arrival there at 7:05 a.m.), then proceed to the Yokosuka middle school (arrival there at 7:10 a.m.) and then go to the Sullivans school (arrival there at 7:15 a.m.).  Depending on traffic conditions, this school bus will be returning the combined three schools' students to the Ikego's Sasagayato bus stop about 3:15 p.m.

-  One school bus shall pick up all assigned 4th thru 12th grade students from the Imatsumi bus stop at 06:30 and then proceed to Kinnick high school (arrival there at 7:05 a.m.), then proceed to the Yokosuka middle school (arrival there at 7:10 a.m.) and then go to the Sullivans school (arrival there at 7:15 a.m.).  Depending on traffic conditions, this school bus will be returning the combined three schools' students to the Ikego's Imatsumi stop about 3:15 p.m.

A memorandum from my office to inform parents of this temporary school bus change for the Ikego housing area shall be distributed via their children who ride the Ikego housing area's school buses Monday.

-- Matt Orr

Eagle 810 update from 374th AW Commander Col. Feather

     5:24 p.m. Saturday Tokyo time

Posted to DODEA Pacific Facebook page:

‎Sunday interview with 374th Airlift Wing Commander, Col. Otto Feather. Length: ‎6:18

Link: http://tinyurl.com/6dsw2ya

-- Matt Orr

Some useful info about radiation

     5:16 p.m. Saturday Tokyo time

Ellen McManis, a nuclear operator at the Reed Research Reactor in Portland, Oregon, has developed this succinct and helpful guide about radiation. There are links within this page to her sources, and other bits of information.  It's written for the layman, and may answer some of your questions:

-- Patrick Dickson

Misawa - updated slides posted

     4:17 p.m. Saturday Tokyo time

Misawa is updating its Facebook slideshow, Stars and Stripes' Matt Orr tells us.  But when you go into the slides, there's nothing to tell you what's new.  How about it, Misawa?  Can you mark the changes so people don't have to plow through all the slides again and again?

Posted to NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

Updated slides posted as of Saturday, 3p.m. in the photos section.

Link: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/AFNMisawa

-- Patrick Dickson

Atsugi announces last voluntary departure flight

   1:01 p.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

Posted to NAF Atsugi Facebook page:
‎ATTENTION – The last voluntary departure flight from NAF Atsugi bound for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEATAC) will depart Monday Mar. 28. Please contact your command representative if you still want to depart. The show time will be 12 p.m. at Cinema 77 on Mar. 28th.

- Matt Orr

Potassium Iodide distribution sites to be consolidated

   12:22 p.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

Posted to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

Starting Saturday, March 26 at noon, Potassium Iodide distribution sites will be consolidated to CFAY Purdy Gym, Branch Health Annex Yokohama and Branch Health Clinic Atsugi. All sites will remain open 24 hours a day.
Distribution remains a precautionary measure.
Do NOT take Potassium Iodide unless you are told to do so by military officials.
The distribution site consolidation was prompted by a declining public request for Potassium Iodide.

- Matt Orr

Additional flight to depart Yokota on Tuesday

   11:44 a.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

Posted to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Facebook page:

For those still interested in voluntary departure, an additional flight will be available out of Yokota 07:45, Tuesday March 29.

All eligible persons wishing to sign up for the flight please call 243-1719 or 243-1704. We are still researching how many pets this flight can accept.

- Matt Orr

DODEA arrival center information

   10:31 Saturday, Tokyo time

Posted to Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
Facebook page:

If we missed anyone at the arrival centers from those first fights that arrived from Japan, we are sorry. Please call our Crisis line if you need any help (In the United States, the toll-free number is 888-441-158.
Visit our website for more information as well at www.dodea.edu

- Matt Orr

Kinnick High School open for business

   10:29 a.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

Posted to Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
Facebook page:

DoDEA’s Kinnick HS is open for business and taking care of families who are remaining in Japan.


- Matt Orr

Updated slides from Misawa

   10:26 a.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

Posted to AFN Misawa Facebook page in their photos section:


- Matt Orr


Situation in Japan: Links for information and online resources

   8:56 a.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

Posted to Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
Facebook page via MilitrayOneSource.com:


- Matt Orr

Breach possible at troubled Japanese power plant

   8:51 a.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

A possible breach at Japan's troubled nuclear plant escalated the crisis anew Friday, two full weeks after an earthquake and tsunami first compromised the facility. The development suggested radioactive contamination may be worse than first thought, with tainted groundwater the most likely consequence.

Read full story here.

- The Associated Press

Displaced students are eligible to compete in Stateside sports

   8:46 a.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

Posted to DoDEA Facebook page via Aledo Times Record online:

Bloomington, Ill. — Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Executive Director Marty Hickman ruled today that any students displaced by the earthquake and subsequent disasters in Japan that relocate to IHSA member schools will be granted immediate eligibility to participate in IHSA sports and activities.
The United State Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) recently informed IHSA member schools that it has issued a voluntary authorized departure from the Island of Honshu, Japan for United States military family members. The number of families that will relocate from Japan to the United States, or to Illinois, is unknown at this point.
"We don't know if we will have any high school students relocating from Japan to IHSA member schools," said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. "But if we do, we want to help these students transition back to normalcy in any way that we can."

Copyright 2011 Aledo Times Record. Some rights reserved

Link to story:

- Matt Orr

Misawa updates medical information slide

   8:40 a.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

Posted to AFN Misawa Facebook page:

Hey Misawa, there is a new slide with info on Tricare and dental while you are away. Check it out in the photo section.
Posted Saturday, 7:47 a.m.

Link to slide in photo section:

- Matt Orr

Japan relocation guide slides posted

   8:23 a.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

Posted to Misawa Emergency Management Facebook page:

Link to slides in their photos section:

- Matt Orr

Atsugi family picnic, Sunday

   8:19 a.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

Posted to NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

NAF Atsugi Family Picnic on March 27th
Please come join us for a Family Picnic at Ranger Gym Park, Pavilions 1A & 1B. There are many of us who have elected to stay. Let's get together and enjoy the day as one community.   The day will be Sunday, March 27, at noon. Bring something to BBQ for yourselves or to share. Bring a dish and drinks to share. Everyone is invited. Bring the kids. Bring your pets. Let's meet up and have a great time!!!

- Matt Orr

Atsugi asking for potluck food donations, today

   8:17 a.m. Saturday, Tokyo time

Posted to NAF Atsugi Facebook page:

‎Food request for JMSDF for tomorrow March 26, Saturday
There are 99 JMSDF personnel from Iwakuni who have been working around the clock to help with the relief efforts up north. Many organizations and private individuals have been working together in the past few days to support our sailors and the Marines who have been stationed here to help by preparing homemade meals.   As Joe Mortimer said, "We would like to extend this opportunity to the JMSDF personnel as well since we are all one community working together. We have a great alliance! US Forces and JMSDF personnel all live and work here together in Japan and we share this home together.   Same method. Potluck style. Deliver to the Red Cross and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 26. I will be here to receive the food. Thank you so much for your help.

- Matt Orr

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