China steps up efforts to confirm identities of its citizens in Japan

08:31, March 17, 2011      

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China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) on Wednesday urged police departments across the country to assist the Chinese embassy and consulates in Japan to confirm the identities of Chinese citizens there.

According to the MPS, some Chinese citizens in Japan have lost their visas and other travel documents following last week's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan, making it difficult for them to stay or even return home.

More than 3,000 Chinese nationals have already been evacuated from the worst-hit areas.

Latest figures show that the disasters have left at least 4,164 people dead and 7,843 missing in Japan.

Source: Xinhua
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