NPR's Eric Weiner reports that Admiral William Fallon today offered another high-level personal apology for the ramming of a Japanese fishing boat by a U.S. submarine. Nine people aboard the fishing boat are missing and presumed dead, and anger in Japan has increased in the days since the accident. Although President Bush has apologized, many Japanese are upset that the commander of the submarine has not; they are not satisfied with his statement of regret. Mr. Bush sent Admiral Fallon to Japan to meet personally with families of the victims and to offer an apology that might satisfy Japanese cultural expectations.
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