U.S. President Barack Obama sits at a desk to write a note while making a surprise visit to the Japanese Embassy March 17, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Americans are heartbroken over the disaster in Japan and are confident the country will rebuild.
Obama wrote that message in a condolence book at the Japanese embassy in Washington on Thursday.
He also planned to make a statement at the White House later Thursday on Japan's nuclear crisis.
Obama spoke Wednesday night with the prime minister about steps the U.S. is taking to keep Americans there safe - steps that exceed what Japan is telling its own people.
The U.S. wants Americans within 50 miles of the plant to evacuate, while Japan's government set a 12-mile radius.
Emergency workers have been dousing the overheated Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear complex with water to cool nuclear fuel rods that are threatening to spew out more radiation.
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