Foreign Secretary William Hague
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Japan earthquake: Hague advises Britons to leave Tokyo

The UK government is chartering planes to fly from Tokyo to Hong Kong to help Britons who want to leave Japan.

Foreign Secretary William Hague told the House of Commons that the UK was "doing all we can to support the Japanese people" and that the consular teams were "working around the clock" to assist British nationals.

The Foreign Office said there would be no charge for the flight for Britons "directly affected" by the tsunami, but a charge of £600 would otherwise apply.

People are being advised to still use commercial flights if possible.

  • 17 Mar 2011
  • From the section UK
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