Covid cases are getting higher, Japanese citizens leave Indonesia

 The Japanese government has begun to temporarily repatriate some of their citizens from Indonesia amid a surge in Covid-19 cases. The Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia, Kenji Kanasugi, said that this policy was related to the vaccination program for Japanese citizens living abroad.

The program will start on August 1, 2021. Thus, returning Japanese citizens will be able to vaccinate in their own country.

"However, they will return to Indonesia after receiving the vaccine in Japan," said Kenji through the official Instagram account @jpnambsindonesia on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Meanwhile, the news of the repatriation of Japanese citizens was initially conveyed by the Chief Cabinet Secretary who is also a spokesman for the Japanese Government, Katsunobu Kato. "Japanese citizens who want to return can return to Japan as soon as possible, as much as possible," Kato said, as reported by Nikkei Asia on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

On Wednesday afternoon, Nikkei Asia also reported that a plane from All Nippon Airways had brought home 50 Japanese expatriates and their families leaving Indonesia. The plane landed at Narita Airport, near Tokyo.

This news comes from sources in the Japanese government and Shimizu Corp. The company is said to have rented an airplane to repatriate its employees due to limited beds and oxygen supply in Indonesia. Arriving in Japan, their families and employees will also be vaccinated. Dozens of professionals from Japan and Taiwan are gradually starting to leave Indonesia due to the high number of cases of the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

Around 90 workers from Taiwan will leave Indonesia by chartering private flights today and dozens of Japanese workers will be repatriated to their country with their families.

This article has been published on with the title Afraid of Covid, Japanese and Taiwanese Workers Leave Indonesia, DPR: No Need to Overdo it, Responding to this, member of Commission IX DPR Rahmad Handoyo said, this is a normal thing and their government's right to protect its citizens.

"I think it's normal, there's no need to overreact. We too, if a country experiences a disaster, whatever its form, must be number one in protecting Indonesian citizens abroad," said Rahmad when contacted, Wednesday (14/7/2021). According to him, the most important thing that currently needs to be done by all parties is to follow the rules that have been set by the government and to be disciplined in carrying out health protocols. There is no need to think about foreign nationals or other countries, the important thing is that we are united, working together. Because the world also knows, this is a world disaster and Indonesia is experiencing a tough test in handling Covid-19," he explained. "We must focus on ourselves, our nation. Now we need collective awareness from all parties, rest assured that if we follow the health protocols together, we can get out of this health crisis," he continued.

This Wednesday (14/7/2021), they returned to their country using a Batik Airplane.

"Considering the worsening pandemic situation in Indonesia, Taiwan's chambers of commerce in Jakarta, Central Java, Bali, Surabaya, East Java, all advised their senior members to return to Taiwan," said Kuo Chang-Hsin who is head of the service center set up by the Chamber of Commerce. Indonesia Taiwan (ITCC).

In addition to workers from Taiwan, a private company from Japan has also chartered a plane today to bring its employees back from Indonesia.

Minister of Cabinet Secretary of Japan Katsunobu Kato also said that the Japanese government will help its citizens in Indonesia to return to Japan through special flight options if it is needed, and there is a request from its citizens. The uncontrolled Covid-19 cases in Indonesia are starting to get the spotlight from other countries.

The increase in the positive number of Covid-19 Indonesia still recorded a record in the last few days.

At the latest, on Thursday (15/7/2021), Covid-19 cases in Indonesia penetrated 56,757 positive patients in a day.

Worried about the safety of its citizens in Indonesia, the Japanese government began urging them to return to Japan.

The Japanese government even provided a special plane to repatriate its citizens. Regarding the appeal, a new foreign player from Persebaya Surabaya, Taisei Marukawa, gave his comment. He confirmed that there were special facilities from the Japanese government, but he emphasized that the appeal was not coercive.

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