"We should ask the Indonesians. Do they really want to go home? If they return home, they will be unemployed," the minister said here on Friday, February 21, 2020.
"So, it must be voluntary. That is one of the considerations. Secondly, we must carefully plan the evacuation," he added.
The cruise ship has been quaratined in Yokohama Port, Japan since early February 2020. More than 600 hundred passengers and crew members have tested positive for C0VID 19.
Four out of 78 Indonesian crew members tested positive for the disease this week. They are currently treated at hospitals in Chiba and Tokyo.
The government evacuated 237 Indonesian nationals from Hubei, China earlier this month. The Indonesian nationals were then quarantined in Natuna Island for 14 days.