Germany seeking 50 nationals after Japan quake

13th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Germany said Sunday that about 50 of its nationals were unaccounted for in areas of Japan hit by the massive earthquake and tsunami.

"We have been able to establish contact with about half" of the 100 Germans listed as living in the area, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told reporters.

It was not clear if those who had not been reached, who included people with dual Japanese and German nationality, had actually been there at the time of Friday's disaster, he said.

The German embassy in Tokyo and a crisis team in Berlin were working to establish contact with them, he said.

There was however no indication for the moment that any German nationals were among the casualties in Friday's disaster, he said.

About 5,000 Germans live in Japan, according to the German government.

© 2011 AFP

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