22 Hong Kong tour groups confirmed safe in Japan

13:39, March 12, 2011      

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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government announced on Friday that 22 Hong Kong tour groups have been confirmed safe in Honshu, Japan, after a 8.8-magnitude earthquake jolted the country.

About 800 more visitors from Hong Kong were believed to stay in Japan while the devastating earthquake hit the country.

Hong Kong's Financial Secretary John Tsang said Friday that government will closely monitor the impact of earthquake in Japan on global financial markets. He expects the massive earthquake may cause short-term volatility in the financial market but will not have a long-term impact.

Meanwhile, the chief executive of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Charles Li said, Japanese earthquake has not affected Hong Kong's market yet. If it has a knock-on effect on HongKong, HKEX will initiate a series of emergency measures. However, he didn't give the details.

The city government has also issued a red travel alert for Japan. No casualties of Hong Kong citizens have been reported after the quake, the government said.

Source: Xinhua

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