THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said no Filipinos were among those missing or injured in the magnitude 6.7 quake that hit the northen island of Hokkaido early yesterday morning.
At presstime eight persons were reported killed, dozens injured and around 20 missing in the earthquake that struck the island, located 831 kilometers from Tokyo.
Foreign Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano, who is currently in Jordan with the President, has been informed by Ambassador to Japan Jose C. Laurel that the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo is in touch with Honorary Consul Ken Tobe in Hokkaido and leaders of the Samahang Pilipino sa Hokkaido (SPH) to check the situation of the 1,800 Filipino residents of the island.
The Embassy is also checking if there are Filipino tourists or businessmen visiting Sapporo, Japan’s fifth largest city and popular tourist destination, which is also in Hokkaido.
The Embassy is also in touch with the Hokkaido Prefectural Government Crisis Management Division.