Resources for locating people missing and staying updated on the situation in Northern Japan


SENDAI, Japan – Photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter shows the flattened town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 13, two days after the earthquake and tsunami disasters. Kyodo News photo

In the midst of the aftermath of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that has devastated northern Japan, thousands of people are feared missing. Listed below are a number of resources to aid people in locating their loved ones who may have been displaced.


Bilingual Phone Services

Little Tokyo Service Center: LTSC’s bilingual Social Services staff can be reached by calling (213) 473-3035


Nikkei Helpline:

Volunteers are available primarily for Japanese-speakers at (213) 473-1633 or 1-800-NIKKEI-1

Ryugakusei Hotline:

Similar to Nikkei Helpline but is for Japanese students in Los Angeles. Call (213) 473-1630 or 1631


Web-based phone message boards: Confirm the safety of relatives and friends by phone number

E-Mobile’s Emergency Message Board:


NTT Docomo:’es=0



NTT: (No English, land lines)


Websites, search by name:


International Committee of the Red Cross:

Up-to-date information from the Prime Minister of Japan and his Cabinet:





Noriyuki Shikata, Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Public Relations, Director of Global Communications at Prime Minister’s Office of Japan:!/norishikata

Steve Herman, Voice of America Bureau Chief/Correspondent:!/W7VOA

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