A week after Japan was hit by a devastating tsunami triggered by a massive quake, India on Thursday asked its nationals to avoid non essential travel to Japan and said Indians residing in Tokyo and areas closer to the exclusion zone declared by Japan government should consider moving to safer areas.
The ministry of external affairs and the Indian embassy in Tokyo are continuously monitoring the situation in Japan and are in regular touch with representatives of the Indian community across the country and the Japanese authorities.
"All Indian nationals are reported to be safe and have been advised to take precautions suggested by the Japanese authorities from time to time.... For the time being, non-essential travel to Japan may also be avoided," MEA said in a release.
"Indian nationals from Tokyo and areas closer to the exclusion zone declared by the government of Japan may consider moving to safer areas as a precaution," it said.
Air India has also introduced daily flights with enhanced seat capacity to Japan to assist those who wish to travel back.
Japan was hit by a massive earthquake on March 11, causing giant tsunami waves and is currently struggling to avert a meltdown at some of its nuclear installations.