Japan Justice Minister Alerts Foreigners over Typhoon via Video

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Tokyo, Oct. 12 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai has been alerting foreign residents in Japan over very powerful Typhoon Hagibis in English in a video message posted online.

"We'd like foreign nationals in Japan to collect information" on the typhoon using an app called "Safety tips" and the Japan National Tourism Organization's "Japan Safe Travel" official Twitter account, he said in the video, which has been viewed more than 10,000 times by Saturday morning.

He noted that the app provides information in 11 languages--Japanese, English, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Indonesian, Tagalog and Nepalese.

The app gives various life-saving information, including a flow chart of actions that should be taken in times of a disaster, the minister said. He called on foreign residents to download the app onto the smartphones to receive such information. "We highly recommend you to take precautions during the superstorm."

Kawai, who supervises the Immigration Services Agency, uploaded the video on Thursday. Kawai said he hopes that as many foreigners as possible will watch the video, indicating that he wants it to be spread widely on the Internet.

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