A Japanese government plane carrying 20 evacuees from Ukraine is expected to arrive in Japan around noon Tuesday Japan time.
The move comes after Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa visited Poland as Prime Minister Kishida Fumio’s special envoy to prepare for the reception of Ukrainian evacuees in Japan.
During the visit, Hayashi inspected a facility that houses Ukrainian evacuees and met with Polish President Andrzej Duda and other senior government officials. Japan and Poland have agreed to work in tandem to support Ukrainians who have been forced to evacuate.
He told reporters in Poland on Monday that he had witnessed the hardships evacuees face after being forced out of their country due to the Russian invasion.
He said it renewed his belief that the Japanese government should work with the international community to provide the evacuees with full support so they can return to normal life as soon as possible.
Hayashi said Japan would accept 20 humanitarian evacuees who could not afford to travel to Japan despite their wish to do so. He stressed that the government will provide support so that they can feel safe in a country far from home.
Hayashi said a government plane would take them from Poland to Japan, and the flight should arrive at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport by noon Tuesday.
The 20 people will complete quarantine and immigration procedures at the airport and then head to their destinations in Japan.
The Japanese government plans to work with private companies and municipal governments to offer assistance to Ukrainian evacuees.