TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is set to provide 100 public housing complex units for free to Ukrainian refugees displaced by the Russian invasion, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced on March 11.
Depending on circumstances, the number of homes on offer could reach 700.
In cases where the Japanese government or the Embassy of Ukraine in Japan request the metro government to accept refugees from Ukraine, the capital will find hotel rooms for them and ask what their desired living arrangements are. They will then be offered metro government-run public housing units if they apply.
The metro government is also planning to provide meals and clothes to refugees, in addition to lighting, air conditioners and other equipment.
Tokyo has also set up a telephone hotline at 03-6258-1227 to help refugees and the estimated 500 Ukrainians living in the capital. The service is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and is available in Japanese, English, Russian and Ukrainian.
(Japanese original by Asako Takeuchi, Tokyo City News Department)