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No Bhutanese in Japan has been harmed by the recent Typhoon Hagibis that claimed the lives of more than 31 people and injured 180 in Japan since its landfall on October 12. 

Bhutanese in Japan safe after Typhoon Hagibis 

Tshering Palden

No Bhutanese in Japan has been harmed by the recent Typhoon Hagibis that claimed the lives of more than 31 people and injured 180 in Japan since its landfall on October 12.

Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji said that there were no reports of any Bhutanese being injured. “The Royal Bhutan Embassy in New Delhi has been in constant touch with our Consul General in Tokyo and others in Japan.”

He said the ministry officials are continuously monitoring the situation.

Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, in a post on social media, wished strength to the victims of the natural disaster.

“In the wake of the devastating typhoon, we pray for the safety of our friends in Japan. We wish you all the strength and courage to emerge from the severe loss,” he said.

He also said that Bhutanese officials were in touch with the Bhutanese in Japan to ensure that they are out of danger.

In April this year, there were close to 700 Bhutanese studying and living in Japan.

It was the worst typhoon Japan has experienced in the past six decades, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency.

The typhoon brought record rainfall to most parts of the country and devastated roads and railways, flooded many areas. The full extent of the damage is still unknown.

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