Japan envoy thanks Filipino nurses in Fukushima

Filipino nurses have stayed put in Fukushima, Japan, site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history, to help their elderly patients.

In a speech marking the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe on Sunday gave thanks to the Philippines and its citizens who had helped in the aftermath of the disaster.

Urabe specifically thanked the Filipino nurses who have stayed in nursing homes to help care for elderly patients, despite the threat of nuclear contamination and aftershocks.

“Just last week, I was visiting Fukushima. I wanted to pay tribute to the Filipino nurses. They stayed on despite the nuclear disaster because they couldn’t leave the helpless elderly people,” Urabe said at a ceremony on the campus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

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