Khaldon Azhari Tokyo
Japan’s foreign ministry told Arab News Japan there are about 100 residents in Lebanon and their safety has been confirmed, with only one slightly injured in the Beirut port explosion on Tuesday.
The Japanese government expressed sincere condolences to those affected in Lebanon, and extended its sincerest sympathies to the injured.
A statement by the prime minister’s office in Tokyo released by the chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said that consent to offer information about the injured person had not been obtained from the individual or the family, so they would refrain from answering questions regarding the person.
“We are aware that the Lebanese government is currently investigating this matter and would like to continue collecting information including the safety of Japanese residing in Lebanon,” the statement said.
Meanwhile the travel alert department in the Foreign ministry issued a warning over the explosions, advising Japanese residents in Lebanon to make sure to update information and secure safety.
The warning also advised: “Before going abroad, please be sure to inform your family, friends, workplace of your schedule and contact details at your travel destination, in case you have to go abroad. If you are staying for more than three months, be sure to submit a residence report in case of an emergency.”