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There are no Filipinos, so far, among the recorded fatalities in Friday’s killer quake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo said.

Ambassador Manuel Lopez on Monday relayed the good news to the home office, citing a report of an embassy team dispatched to Sendai city the other day. Lopez also reported that members of the more than 300,000-strong Filipino community in Japan were "reaching out" to those who were adversely affected by the natural disaster.

The envoy said an undisclosed number of Filipinos in Tokyo, Osaka and western Japan, who were "deemed relatively safe, have pooled their efforts and resources in helping those who were adversely affected by the quake."

Earlier, Lopez was able to contact Filipino community leaders in Hokkaido, who reported that "Filipinos in Kushido, Nemuro, Abashiri, and Hakodate were safe." He assured community leaders that the embassy was "on a 24-hour operation to immediately respond to the calls of Filipino nationals who are in emergency situations."

Meanwhile, the Philippine consulate in Osaka reported that "there are no reports of any casualties among Philippine nationals in the 28 prefectures under its jurisdiction."