First American found dead after Japan earthquake - latimes.com: "'Fittingly, she was last seen helping parents safely reunite with their children following the earthquake, an act which illustrates her dedication to her students and to the Japanese people she served,' Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said in the statement. 'Today we join the Anderson family in mourning the loss of a wonderful young Virginian who personified the selflessness and sense of duty that Americans serving abroad have become known for.'
The Associated Press reported that Taylor Anderson began studying Japanese in middle school, and had moved to Japan in 2008 as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme.
The total number of the dead and missing from the disaster topped 22,000 on Tuesday, according to Japan's National Police Agency."