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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 081-01
February 23, 2001

UNITED STATES TO SEND SPECIAL ENVOY TO JAPAN

The United States Government will send Navy Adm. William J. Fallon, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, as a Special Envoy to Japan to offer apologies on behalf of the U.S. Government, the U.S. Navy and the American people for the accident involving the USS Greeneville and the Japanese Fisheries Training Ship, Ehime Maru. Fallon will arrive in Japan next week.

In Tokyo, the Special Envoy will deliver a letter from President Bush to Prime Minister Mori and the Japanese people. Fallon will reiterate the apologies offered by the President of the United States as well as the Secretaries of State and Defense. The Special Envoy will explain the progress of the ongoing investigations, including the pending Navy Court of Inquiry, and the many actions taken by the U.S. in response to this tragic accident. Fallon will also consult with the Government of Japan on the status of ongoing search and possible salvage operations.

The efforts by the U.S. government and the dispatch of the Special Envoy demonstrate the great importance the people of the United States and their elected representatives place on the security relationship with Japan and friendship with the Japanese people.

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