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Steve Jobs Reaches Out to Japanese Employees



    FILE - Three file photos, from left, Jan. 2010, July 2010 and Oct. 2010, show Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Apple announced Monday Jan. 17, 2011, that Jobs is taking a medical leave of absence for the second time in two years. Continuing his outreach to business leaders, President Barack Obama traveled to the San Francisco Bay area Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 for dinner with a dozen top innovators, including Eric Schmidt of Google, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Steve Jobs of Apple, who is on his third medical leave as concern about his health mounts. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

    Steve Jobs may be on medical leave but that isn't stopping the Apple CEO from reaching out to his employees in Japan

    In a letter to Apple's entire staff, Jobs expressed his concerns for the safety of his employees and their families in Japan.

    "We have been following the unfolding disaster in Japan. Our hearts go out to you and your families, as well as all of your countrymen who have been touched by this tragedy.

    "If you need time or resources to visit or care for your families, please see HR and we will help you. If you are aware of any supplies that are needed, please also tell HR and we will do what we can to arrange delivery."

    Apple is also delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan until the country starts to recover.

    Meanwhile Apple has set up a Red Cross donation button on iTunes for people who want to make a donation towards the relief effort.

    Apple's Tokyo store was also turned into a makeshift command center for families looking to let loved ones know they were okay.