Obama: U.S. feels "great urgency" to help Japan

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 3:47 PM
Obama: U.S. feels "great urgency" to help Japan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said Thursday that the United States feels "great urgency" to assist Japan and is confident that Japan will rebuild.

Obama made an unannounced visit to the Japanese embassy on Thursday to sign a condolence book and reiterate the steadfast commitment to standing by the Japanese people during the crisis, an administration official said.

He was greeted at the embassy by Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki.

(Reporting by Emily Stephenson, writing by Patricia Zengerle, editing by Steve Holland)