(allheadlinenews.com)The number of foreigners wanting to leave Japan surged as the threat of radiation exposure grew resulting in 5,000 people applying for a re-entry permit at the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau
As radiation levels continue to rise near the Fukushima plant and the threat of a nuclear meltdown looms nations around the world have urged their citizens to immediately flee the battered Asian nation.


The U.S. State Department urged Americans living within 80 kilometers (50 miles) of Fukushima Daiichi to flee immediately. The 80-km zone is wider than the 20-km (12-mile) exclusion zone declared by the Japanese government. U.S. military troops in Japan were provided tablets as protection against possible radiation effects.

Britain made a similar call to its citizens in Japan, applicable to Britons living within an 80-km zone. The country’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office also issued an updated travel advisory to Britons.

The Philippines followed the Japanese government-set exclusion zone and advised Filipinos within the 20-km radius to immediately leave and those within the 30-km zone to stay indoors. The Philippine consular team from Sendai hired a bus to fetch the Filipinos in the area after Manila got permission from Tokyo to travel along Tohoku Highway and go to Fukushima Prefecture to pick up Filipinos and relocate them to Tokyo. It was the same bus used by the Philippine embassy to bring relief goods to the area on Tuesday.

The five workers from the Canadian Medical Assistance Teams left Japan Wednesday because of the high risk of exposure to radiation after four days in Tokyo, where they provided medical aid and distributed clean water to residents. Team leader Dave Johnson said the team will return soon with proper equipment that deals with nuclear radiation.

The number of foreigners wanting to leave Japan surged as the threat of radiation exposure grew resulting in 5,000 people applying for a re-entry permit at the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau. Among those who braved long queues were Chinese students whose parents were worried over their safety and migrant Asian workers.

The Japanese Justice Ministry’s Immigration Bureau began to accept on Wednesday inquiries about foreigners in the areas of Aomon, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. Callers were advised to provide the nationality, name, birth date, gender and address of the foreigner and themselves to facilitate the search and provision of disaster relief.

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