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Helping hand for Greeks wanting to leave Japan

The Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that it has block booked seats on airplanes leaving Japan in case any of the Greeks living in the country want to leave.

As Japan struggles with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and tsunami, as well as fears of a meltdown at one of its nuclear power stations, a number of governments have advised their citizens to leave or not to travel to the country.

France urged its nationals in Tokyo to leave the country or move south – two Air France planes were sent to begin evacuation. Australia advised its citizens to consider leaving Tokyo and the most damaged prefectures. Turkey warned against travel to Japan.

Greece advised people against traveling to Japan and said that it would help its citizens leave if they want to. It is estimated that some 300 Greeks live in Japan. The Interior Ministry said it had spoken with various airlines to secure seats on flights out of Japan. There are no direct flight between Greece and Japan.

The ministry said any Greeks interested in leaving should call +210.368.1730 or +210.368.1259.