Email
Password
Remember meForgot password?
    Log in with Twitter

article imageThousands of Japanese nationals arriving in Philippines daily

By Leo Reyes     Mar 21, 2011 in Travel
Philippine immigration officials have noted an increasing number of Japanese nationals arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after a strong quake and tsunami flattened northeastern Japan, killing thousands of people over a week ago.
The unusual number of Japanese nationals arriving at the premier airport was noted by immigration officials a few days after Japan issued a radioactivity alert following the explosion of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in eastern Japan.
Apparently Japanese nationals in the areas where radiation alerts have been issued by authorities are finding the Philippines as a safe haven for temporary shelter while Japan is under threat from radioactive materials emanating from the earthquake-damaged nuclear plants.
Philstar.com reports, "Immigration Airport Operations Division (AOD) chief Ynn Pelia said they have noticed that the arrivals of Japanese increased after the incident, as compared to the number of arrivals in previous months."
At preset there is no available equipment at the main airport that can detect radiation levels for incoming passengers.
An aerial view of Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force personnel and disaster relief crews searching S...
An aerial view of Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force personnel and disaster relief crews searching Sukuiso, Japan for victims of a 9.0-magnitude earthquake
US Navy
Human quarantine doctor Vicenta Vasquez said, “The only thing we can do at the moment is to refer them to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) or the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) which have the facility.”
Manila Standard Today says arrival of Japanese nationals at the main airport has increase by as much as 30% in the last five days.
More about Japan, Philippines, Earthquake, Tsunami, Radiation exposure
More news from
Latest News
Top News