Japan's immigration authorities said it has sent letters containing information about support to 265 addresses hosting people who fled from Ukraine to Japan in the wake of Russia's invasion.

A total of 557 evacuees entered the country between March 2 and Wednesday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said Friday. The letters in Japanese were sent to relatives or acquaintances hosting the evacuees.

The Immigration Services Agency of Japan is working to reach 16 individuals who currently have no known address or contact information.

Ukrainians who fled the Russian invasion of their country arrive at Tokyo's Haneda airport on April 5, 2022, after flying from Poland by a Japanese government plane. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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In the letters sent Thursday, evacuees were provided with a hotline number for the immigration agency and asked to register their e-mail address to enable electronic correspondence.

Photo taken April 15, 2022, shows part of a letter sent by Japan's immigration authorities to relatives or acquaintances hosting Ukrainian evacuees in Japan. (Kyodo)


They were also informed that they could change their short-term visa granted upon entry into Japan to a "designated activities" status that will allow them to land a job.

The hotline began Friday providing support in Ukrainian for displaced persons.