My daughter Kabani has been attending the Osaka University in Japan
since September 2019 on a scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of
Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Her course concludes at the end of August 2020, and her visa expires in
September. Because of the suspension of commercial flights into India
during the COVID-19 pandemic, her return flight has not yet been booked.
She has been in touch with the Indian Embassy in Tokyo since June, but
they have no information about repatriation flights in September, and
can only advise her to wait and see if something will happen. Meanwhile,
there is not a single
Vande Bharat Mission
flight from Japan in August.
The Japanese government is providing generous assistance to Indian
scholarship students currently stranded in Japan. What is the Indian
Government doing to bring them home? We need more
flights from Japan.
— Abhijit Menon-Sen (@amenonsen)
August 6, 2020
Kabani is asking other Indian students in Japan to join her
in a collective effort to request additional repatriation flights.
Update: She and some of her classmates did obtain seats on the
Air India repatriation flight in August, and are back home now.