YouTube Adds Video Channel for Evacuees

Google this week launched a video version of its popular Person Finder application, allowing Japanese evacuees in shelters to communicate with people who might be looking for them.

Japanese TV broadcasters TBS and TV Asahi shot the 30-second clips at the makeshift shelters now dotting Japan’s northern region. In them, survivors say their name, hometown and sometimes a message reassuring loved ones that they are safe.

“Friends and family, I just wanted to say: Rest easy,” said Keiji Saito, the beginnings of a white beard on his face. In the background, survivors are gathered in a crowded school gymnasium, wrapped in thick layers to ward off the cold.

“I intend to stay here until the very end,” Mr. Saito added.

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