Note: I am relaying this message from a Filipino friend in Sapporo, Japan.
Updated Advisory to the Filipino Community in Japan
As of 12 March 2011, 9:30 pm
In a press conference this evening, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said that the Japanese government has urged for calm while it is trying to determine the cause of the explosion in the Fukushima No. 1. The government has started to employ measures to ensure the safety of the people in the affected area.
The Japan Nuclear Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) has recommended that people who live within 20 kilometers of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Okumacho evacuate the area immediately as part of precautionary measures.
The Agency advised residents to follow instructions of the local municipal and city offices in Fukushima for the evacuation and safety procedures.
Filipinos in the area may contact the local Fukushima Prefectural government hotlines 024-521-7192 and 024-521-7194 for more information on how to get to the centers.
As of 11 March 2011, 8:10 pm
According to Japanese government authorities, in case of emergency, Japanese and foreign nationals are advised to proceed to the nearest fire station or city hall to receive instructions/assistance.
Furthermore, in addition to the Philippine Embassy hotline numbers listed in the first Advisory to the Filipino Community (below), members of the FilCom may also contact the following Embassy numbers as soon as the telephone service resumes operations:(03) 5562- 1573 (03) 5562- 1574
As of 11 March 2011, as of 6:43 pm
In view of the recent strong earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, members of the Filipino community are strongly advised to contact the Embassy at any of the following hotline numbers as soon as the telephone service resumes operations:(03) 5562-1570 (03) 5562- 1577 (03) 5562-1590
The Embassy can also be reached by email through: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also get in touch with the following Philippine Consulates in Japan as soon as the telephone service resumes operations:
Philippine Consulate General in Osaka (06) 6910-7881
Philippine Honorary Consulate in Sapporo (011) 614-8090
Philippine Honorary Consulate in Morioka (019) 626-9139
Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Nagoya (052) 584-5698
Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Naha (098) 892-5486
Members of the Filipino community are also strongly advised to take the necessary safety precautions and to monitor the television, radio, and internet for any updates in the situation in your respective areas.Mr. Hans Mohaimin L. SIRIBAN
Third Secretary and Vice Consul
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
5-15-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8537