The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that Manila will declare a voluntary repatriation of Filipinos who reside within the 50-kilometer to 100-kilometer radius from the damaged Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, in a press conference this afternoon.
The announcement followed Japan's decision on Tuesday to raise the nuclear alert level to the maximum of 7 due to the escalating release of radioactive substances from the troubled reactors.
The ANC said around 2,000 Filipino citizens will be repatriated if they so desire and the government will shoulder the full cost back to the country.
The DFA plans to send a chartered aircraft on 17 April.
It was mentioned that repatriation is on a voluntary basis and Filipinos are not forced to leave Japan if they decide to stay there.
Last month, several Filipinos returned to the country following the crisis at the Fukushima Prefecture.
One Filipina and her daughter died due to the approaching tsunami.
There are about 300,000 Philippine nationals all over Japan. Of these, 200,000 reside in Tokyo.
The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo can be reached at 5-15-5 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8537. Tel. No.: (03) 5562-1600, Fax No.: (03) 5562-1603. Website:http://tokyo.philembassy.net/
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