Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) Chairman M Jusuf Kalla who is currently visiting Japan is reported to be safe following the 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan early Friday.

A former vice president, Jusuf Kalla and his PMI entourage were evacuated to a safe place by staff of the hotel they were staying at.

"Thank God, the Indonesian Red Cross chief and his entourage are currently in a safe place in Tokyo," Adam Suryadi Nur, a member of the PMI delegation, said when contacted by ANTARA by phone on Friday.

Kalla came to Japan to attend a meeting about peace in Hiroshima.

Earlier, at 15:00 hours Tokyo time, when Kalla and his entourage were in the Roppongi area after lunch , they experienced the tremors of the major earthquake for five minutes.

A few moments later the group was evacuated to a safe place by the hotel staff.

While in Tokyo, Jusuf Kalla was scheduled to meet former prime minister Yasuo Fukuda, and Japan`s special envoy to the Middle East Yutaka Imura to discuss the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Later, Jusuf Kalla and Indonesian Ambassador to Japan M. Lutfi r visited the Indonesian embassy to observe the conditions of Indonesian citizens in Tokyo and other areas in Japan.

The Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo had set up a post-crisis center in Miyagi to monitor the latest developments in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.

The major earthquake hit the northeastern region of Japan at 14:46 o`clock local time and the Japan Meteorological Agency issued tsunami warnings for the entire Pacific coast region, according to media reports. (*)

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