Japan to transport 20 Ukrainian evacuees to safety

Japan’s foreign minister has arranged for 20 Ukrainians who fled the Russian invasion of their country to travel to Japan from Poland.

Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa told reporters in Poland on Monday that a government plane would take them to Japan. The flight is expected to arrive in Tokyo on Tuesday before noon.

Hayashi is in Poland as Prime Minister Kishida Fumio‘s special envoy to prepare for the reception of Ukrainian evacuees in Japan.

On the last day of his visit on Monday, he met separately with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau.

Both sides agreed to share the latest information on Ukraine and work in tandem to support Ukrainians who have been forced to evacuate.

After concluding his visit to Poland, Hayashi told reporters that the 20 Ukrainians had no way to travel to Japan despite their wish to do so.

He said the decision was made for humanitarian reasons. He said the government would provide support so they could feel safe in a country far from their home.

He said that along with the central government, many companies and local governments offer assistance to Ukrainians. He said government officials would work closely with the Japanese people in this regard.