Germany moves embassy away from Tokyo

17th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Germany said Thursday it would temporarily move its embassy from Tokyo to Osaka as a "preventative measure" as fears grew that dangerous radiation could leak from a quake-damaged nuclear reactor.

"The embassy will not be closed. The ambassador and his staff will continue their work in Osaka," the German foreign ministry said in a statement.

"They will be able to continue advising German citizens as well as conducting consular services from Osaka," the ministry added.

On Wednesday, Germany advised its citizens to leave the greater Tokyo region because of the crisis at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant.

German flag carrier Lufthansa on Tuesday began diverting all Tokyo flights to other Japanese cities.

The Japanese military on Thursday were using trucks and helicopters to dump tonnes of water onto the quake-hit plant in a bid to douse fuel rods and prevent a disastrous radiation release.

© 2011 AFP

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