The U.S. Embassy and the Department of State have no higher priority than the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad. My team and I are pleased to let you know that the final U.S. citizen passenger, of the nearly 80 who were hospitalized in Japan, has returned to the United States.
We are extremely happy to report that all 430 U.S. citizens who were aboard the Diamond Princess have now made it back to the United States or their homes abroad. Our team at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo has been honored to get to know many of you and your family members over the past several months, and we have been inspired by your resilience and courage. To those of you who may have lost loved ones during this pandemic, we extend our heartfelt condolences.
In my April 3rd video message, I conveyed our gratitude to the Japanese health workers for the extraordinary care they provided to U.S. citizens from the Diamond Princess. That message was echoed by many of you who were treated here in Japan, and by your family members. We also extend our thanks to the Government of Japan and the ship’s crew who worked around the clock in difficult circumstances to help U.S. citizens.
Wishing you good health and happiness.