43 Filipinos Relocated from Fukushima to Tokyo

Kashiwazaki nuclear plant at July 17, 2007 Chū...Image via WikipediaA March 17, 2011 press release by the Department of Foreign Affairs

Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez said that the Embassy will send two more buses to fetch some 100 to 120 Filipinos in Fukushima area who have expressed their desire to be relocated.

The buses will leave at 2 p.m. (Japan time) to fetch these Filipinos.

Ambassador Lopez stated that the Embassy is also prepared to send more buses if necessary.

The Filipinos will be temporarily housed at the Lighthouse Ministry in Yokohama City and at the Franciscan Church in Roppongi in Tokyo.

“The priority right now are the Filipinos in Fukushima,” he said.

Earlier, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo reported that 43 Filipino nationals were relocated by the Embassy consular team in Fukushima prefecture and Sendai city in the light of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami which struck the northeast region of the country.

The Embassy consular team was led by Consul General Sulpicio Confiado who proceeded to Sendai city last Tuesday with a bus which brought relief goods to the area.

The 43 Filipino nationals were the following:

Amy Ikuno 27
Aims Ikuno 6
Ayala Ikuno 10 months
Lean Prisca Susa 44
Malou Takahashi 37
Annamy Yashima 25
Carmelita Oja Mogami
Maryjane Kodate 32
Angelita Nohara 30
Kento Nohara 5
Josephine Sakuna 30
Misaki Sakuna 3.
Racquel Furuzawa 42
Beverly Nikaido 43
Conrado Lopez Jr. 30
Kathyrine Lopez. 33
Kyle Lopez. 7
Jhaira Lopez. 4
Jake Lopez. 9months
Eva Kanno. 32
Grace Kanno. 41
Koshin Kanno. 18
Shunpei Kanno. 9
Sota Kanno. 8
Erica Kanno. 8
Ester Kanno. 44
Genny Igarashi. 43
Natsumi Igarashi. 15
Sheila Duchi. 39
Naomi Duchi. 10
Haruka Duchi. 7
Merilyn Muto. 41
Hitoshi Muto. 58
Daichi Muto. 11
Taise Muto. 9
Genevy Yoshida. 34
Shiori Yoshida. 8
Hazuki Yoshida 6
Yusuki Yoshida 2
Evelyn Sakuma. 37
Erica Sakuma. 9
Mica Sakuma. 1
Anna Lyn Shinjo
The Filipinos arrived in Tokyo Wednesday and are now housed at a Catholic Church in Kichijogi.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) also reiterated its call to Filipinos in Japan to heed all advisories in the light of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami which struck the northeast region of the country.

In its statement issued Wednesday, the DFA urged all Filipinos who are within the 20-kilometer radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to evacuate immediately, if they have not done so, and those within the 20 to 30-kilometer radius of said facility to stay indoors, in line with the advisories issued by Japanese authorities.

Those within or near the Fukushima Daiini nuclear power plant should also observe the 10-kilometer exclusion zone.

Similarly, Filipinos in the area are urged to monitor and follow any further advisories of the Japanese Government.

The DFA further stated that Filipinos who are concerned about possible radiation exposure may wish to voluntarily relocate to areas further away, or depart voluntarily from the country using their own means.

If, as determined by Japanese officials, relocation and repatriation become necessary, the Philippine Government will defray the cost to undertake the required measures to either relocate or repatriate Filipinos from the affected areas.

The Philippine Embassy is there to ensure the safety and to serve the needs of Filipinos in Japan.

In his telephone conversations with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario, Ambassador Lopez said, “we are fully committed to remain here to serve the needs of Filipinos in Japan.”

The hotline numbers at the DFA-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs’ Crisis Management Center are 834-4646 and 834-4580. Requests for information may also be sent through e-mail address dfaoumwa.cmc@gmail.com.

Filipinos may contact the following Embassy numbers in cases of emergency: (03)5562-1573, (03)5562-1574, (03)5562-1570, (03)5562-1590. The Embassy can also be reached by email through: emergency@philembassy.net.