By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Japanese Consulate in Rio de Janeiro opened their phone lines for people seeking information about the devastation in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami. So far, mostly Brazilian journalists have called, said a spokeswoman at the consulate. “Most Japanese in Brazil contact their families directly by phone or online. Others turn to the Japanese embassy in Brasília,” she explained.

Around 150,000 Japanese or Japanese descendants live in Rio, and Brazil is home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan. There are 1.5 million people of Japanese . . .

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