On the same day, the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan convened an urgent meeting in Tokyo to discuss the situation of Vietnamese people in Japan after the catastrophe as well as measures to ensure their safety.

Speaking at the meeting, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Phu Binh affirmed that there was no report on casualties of Vietnamese nationals by that time.

The embassy will continue collecting information on Vietnamese people in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

The ambassador said he will send letters of condolence to the authorities and people in Japan’s hardest-hit localities and at the same time ask local authorities to help Vietnamese citizens in their areas overcome the consequences of the disaster.

The Vietnamese Youth and Students’ Association (VYSA) in Japan plans to send a voluntary liaison team to Sendai city, Miyagi prefecture to study the situation of Vietnamese students in the northeastern province and surrounding areas, which were hard hit by the disaster.

According to VYSA, a hotline operated by the Dong Du Students Association, all Vietnamese students in northern prefectures and cities such as Nagano, Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, Tochigi, Biigata, Akita, Iwate, Fukushima and Ibaraki had been safe by March 13.

In the hardest hit Miyagi prefecture, 12 Vietnamese students were found safe as were six trainees working at the YB-Techno Steel Company in Ibaraki.

Families of Vietnamese residents in Japan can contact the Vietnamese Embassy for information via www.vnembassyjp@gmail.com or VYSA’s website at www.vysajp.org.

Radio Voice of Vietnam - March 14, 2011