Two Israelis in Japan still not heard from

March 13, 2011 21:15


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The number of Israelis in Japan who have not yet made contact dropped Sunday to two people, one tourist and an Israeli living in the country for a long period of time.  Soon after the devastating earthquake hit, the number of Israelis who were unaccounted for stood at a high of 28.

The Japanese, meanwhile, are deliberating about an Israeli offer to send over a unit with expertise in identifying bodies. A similar unit was dispatched to New Zealand when it suffered a catastrophic earthquake last month.

In a related development, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday he would be participating in a special ministerial meeting on earthquake preparedness, chaired by Minister Bennie Begin, on Thursday.  During the meeting Netanyahu will be briefed on what steps have been taken, and what steps are in the pipeline,  to prepare Israel for a natural disaster of catastrophic proportions.

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