The Fiji Times
Fijians living in Japan safe
MOST Fijians living in different parts of Japan have indicated that they are safe after Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on the Izu Peninsula, southwest of Tokyo on Saturday night.
In a notice posted on its official Facebook account, the Fijian Embassy in Tokyo, Fiji Kyowakoku Taishikan – fet advised Fijians that the super typhoon had been downgraded to a severe tropical storm.
“Keeping track of our Fiji nationals throughout Japan, we seek your advice please, advising us of your safety status,” the Fijian Embassy in Tokyo, Fiji Kyowakoku Taishikan – fet posted on its official page.
In responding to the embassy’s notice, Fijian national Leone Gukirewa Karawalevu, who lives in Takanezawa in the Tochigi Prefecture, confirmed that they were safe and secure with no major damage recorded in the vicinity. Two other Fijian nationals, Marseu Fasala and Joseph Sharma, who reside at the Chiba Prefecture, located in the Kant region, and the Greater Tokyo Area also confirmed they were safe.
Duane Mar, a Fijian living in Ujiie, Sakura City in the Tochigi Prefecture also revealed he was safe.
“Went down to Ibaraki, they got hit hard,” he responded to the embassy’s notice.
Silio Rataku also responded to the embassy’s notice confirming that members of the Fijian communities in Nagoya, Toyota and Kariya-shi, located in the Aichi Prefecture were all safe and sound.
Meanwhile, as of 8pm yesterday, reported deaths from Typhoon Hagibis stood at nine as Japan recovered from its biggest storm in decades.
Overseas media reports also revealed that the deadly storm forced the cancellation of two Rugby World Cup matches.