Eligible Family Members in Japan Can Relocate Voluntarily

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2011 — The State Depart­ment has autho­rized fam­i­ly mem­bers and depen­dents of U.S. gov­ern­ment offi­cials — includ­ing those of ser­vice mem­bers — to relo­cate from north­east­ern Japan, offi­cials announced last night.
The U.S. gov­ern­ment also is work­ing to facil­i­tate the depar­ture of pri­vate Amer­i­can cit­i­zens from areas with­in a 50-mile radius of the dam­aged Fukushi­ma nuclear pow­er plant, Pen­ta­gon spokesman Marine Corps Col. Dave Lapan said.

Detailed infor­ma­tion is avail­able in a trav­el warn­ing post­ed at the State Department’s web­site, Lapan said. Mean­while, he added, U.S. forces remain in Japan, and the Unit­ed States has full capa­bil­i­ty to ful­fill its alliance com­mit­ments to defend Japan and main­tain peace and secu­ri­ty in the region. 

Defense Depart­ment fam­i­ly mem­bers eli­gi­ble to relo­cate will receive trav­el instruc­tions from their local com­mands, Lapan said, not­ing that the relo­ca­tion is tem­po­rary and that the fam­i­ly mem­bers will return when the sit­u­a­tion in the region is resolved. 

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

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