Yesterday, Tokyoites were grim

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Yesterday, Tokyoites were grim as news poured in from the US. The first question from everyone I saw yesterday was "Your family and friends are safe?" It was a relief to be able to answer 'Yes." As far as I know, everyone I know has escaped harm.

Mobile news vans were parked in the financial district, reporting from the headquarters of major banks. Hundreds of Japanese citizens worked in the World Trade Center at Japanese branch offices. As of this morning, most had been accounted for, but there were still 17 missing. The news stations show graphics of the buildings marking the floors they worked on and list each name along with the person's name, age, and in some cases photos.

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