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2012 April Tohoku Trip

A veiw from a hotel window in Ofunato, Iwate. 

Temporary shopping site, convenient for consutruction workers and NGO/NPO staff/volunteers, inconvenient for the locals without cars.

Raising ground level to rebuild warehouses for the aquaculture industry. 

At the office of Habitat for Humanity Japan. 

The very first seaweed harvest since last March.

Fishermen heading out to the ocean for the first time in a year. 

Debris can be seen pilled up everywhere in Iwate and Miyagi, due to lack of municipal governments outside Tohoku agreeing to accept and dispose tsunami waste.

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Ambassador Roos works with All Hands Volunteers

June 30 - Ambassador John Roos made his third visit to Japan's tsunami-affected region from June 27-29, in order to show the continuing U.S. support for the reconstruction efforts and to send a message that Japan is safe and open for business.

While in the region, the Ambassador met with local officials and students, heard the moving stories of American JET teachers still working in the disaster areas, and visited the elementary school where Monty Dickson (one of the two American citizens killed in the tsunami) taught English. In Ofunato, the Ambassador teamed up with All Hands Volunteers to help clean up a damaged car dealership. 

(From the Embassy of the U.S. Tokyo, Japan website <>)


This is a video message from Ambassador Roos while working in Ofunato:


Ambassador Roos works with All Hands Volunteers from All Hands Volunteers on Vimeo.

For more videos and photos of All Hands Volunteers' work in Tohoku, click here

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