Jakarta (ANTARA) - House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani extended her deepest condolences to those affected by Japan's powerful earthquake, and asked the Indonesian Government to give best services to displaced Indonesians.

"Indonesians' hearts and minds are with the People of Japan," she said in her statement on Thursday (January 4).

She said the Indonesian Government must provide all Indonesian citizens in Japan who suffer from the impact of the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that struck central Japan on Monday (January 1) with "the best services".

"Make sure that all displaced Indonesians currently taking refuge get logistic aid and medical facilities. Therefore, the logistic aid must immediately be distributed to their temporary shelters," Maharani said.

The safety of Indonesians should remain the government's priority, she added.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo prepared 120 ready-to-eat food packages and cash aid for Indonesian citizens taking refuge owing to the quake that had reportedly killed 84 people.

Indonesian Ambassador to Japan Heri Akhmadi has said the food packages and cash aid were provided to help affected Indonesians to meet their basic needs while staying at temporary shelters.

As of Wednesday, a total of 147 Indonesians are taking refuge at several temporary evacuation points in Ishikawa Prefecture. They need logistical aid, according to the embassy's press statement.

The embassy recorded 38 displaced Indonesians in the Ogi area, 25 in Suzu, 27 in Saikai, five in Wajima, and 52 in Nanao.

Shortly after the powerful earthquake jolted Japan, the embassy said, its officials had attempted to contact Indonesians in affected regions, but several of them could not be reached easily due to disrupted communication networks.

The Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo and Indonesian Consulate General in Osaka said that they continue to coordinate with Japanese authorities and contact Indonesian communities in the affected areas to ensure their condition.

The embassy recorded 1,315 Indonesians in Ishikawa Prefecture, 1,344 in Toyama Prefecture, and 1,132 in Niigata Prefecture.

To help Indonesians in need, the embassy and consulate general has launched hotlines +818035068612 (embassy) and +818031131003 (consulate general in Osaka).

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