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Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota has announced a US$ 500,000 donation by the Brazilian Government toward humanitarian emergency assistance for the population affected by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami. As suggested by the Japanese Government, the funds will be employed by the Japanese Red Cross, who will use them to purchase first need supplies, such as food, water, medication, clothes and temporary shelters.

On 17 March, over a phone call to the Minister of External Affairs of Japan, Takeaki Matsumoto, Minister Patriota once more conveyed the Brazilian Government and people’s solidarity and condolences for the human losses caused by the earthquake. The Japanese Foreign Minister thanked the support and, above all, the composure of the Brazilian Government and of the Brazilian community in Japan while facing this difficult moment.

The Ministry of External Relations is assigning top priority to actions that aim at meeting the needs of the members of the Brazilian community in Japan who live in the affected areas. On 18 March, an itinerant consulate was sent to Joso, in Ibaraki province, to assess the conditions of the Brazilian community and issue passports. There is an ongoing mission to the Miyagi province (information available at www.consbrasil.org).

The Brazilian Embassy in Tokyo, as well as the Consulate-Generals in Tokyo, Nagoya and Hamamatsu, will maintain an on-call service during the weekend and on Monday 21, a national holiday in Japan, to answer calls and electronic messages.  In Tokyo, the Consulate will open on Saturday and Monday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the sole purpose of issuing visas.

In coordination with the National Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN), all information on the Japanese nuclear crisis and any risk arising from it is being constantly monitored.

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