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US looking for a few unaccounted citizens in Japan

Associated Press
The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 23, 2011; 2:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- The United States says it is searching for fewer than 10 Americans who remain unaccounted for in Japanese areas affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner says only one U.S. citizen has been confirmed dead from the disaster.

He says thousands have been accounted for but that officials were still dealing with less than 10 cases of missing Americans.

The body of 24-year-old English teacher Taylor Anderson was discovered earlier this week, making her the first fatality of a U.S. citizen in Japan.

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