Recently, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Howard Baker wrote to Mr. Minoru Mori, President of Mori Building Company to thank him, "on behalf of those in Japan for (his) kindness in providing a storage location for disaster relief supplies. . .and essential items such as bottled water,blankets, clothing and canned food and, in the event of a disaster, emergency housing.

"Your help will go far to bring assurance and peace of mind to many members of the international community in Tokyo," he wrote.

The facility Baker was talking about is a six-story building in central Tokyo within walking distance of dozens of embassies, government offices, international organizations and the largest concentration of members of the international community in Japan.