China to Bus Citizens Away from Fukushima Nuke Plant

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Beijing will send buses to pick up citizens living in areas hardest hit by the tsunami: Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Iwate prefectures, they announced Tuesday.

Here’s a translated excerpt from a post on the Website of the Chinese Embassy in Japan:

“Given the seriousness of Fukushima nuclear power plant accident and uncertainty of the situation, for the safety of Chinese citizens the Embassy and the Consulate General in Niigata will immediately take all possible means and measures, to make arrangements for an orderly withdrawal. I hope my compatriots will remain calm, follow instructions, and work with the evacuation. “

The buses will take Chinese citizens to Tokyo’s Narita airport, where embassy staff will help them make arrangements to fly home. Priority will be given to the elderly, children and women. The site provides no further information on timing or the number of buses that will be sent, but does list contact  numbers for each prefecture.

Meanwhile, Air China suspended all flights bound for Tokyo from Beijing and Shanghai on the 15th and 16th of March. The airline told passengers to regularly check their website for updates on the situation.

(More on How to Get to an Earthquake: Travels in Japan.)

— Translation by Dennis Wong