Daily Sabah
April 5, 2022

Erdoğan, Japanese PM Kishida discuss Russia-Ukraine war

A meeting of foreign ministers of NATO member and allied states will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. The ministerial will gather officials of Australia, Finland, Georgia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Sweden and Ukraine.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed the Russia-Ukraine war with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in a phone call on Tuesday.

According to the statement by Turkey’s Directorate of Communications, Erdoğan emphasized the importance of finalizing the Turkey-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement as soon as possible. He also said that Turkey wants to increase cooperation in the fields of energy, food, agriculture, advanced technology, defense and the space industry.

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After the Republic of Turkey replaced the Ottoman Empire, Japan was one of the first countries with which it established diplomatic relations in 1924. One year later, Turkey opened its first embassy in Tokyo. After decades of strong relations, both countries upgraded their ties to the level of “strategic partnership” in 2013 and Japan declared 2019 as the Turkish Culture Year.

The two countries have also pursued a strong economic partnership. In addition to the high trade volume, Japan is also among the major investors in Turkey, with over 200 Japanese companies operating in the country. Recently, through its Japan International Cooperation Agency, Tokyo has been among the financiers of infrastructure projects in Istanbul, including the landmark Marmaray underwater rail link, a bridge over it and another bridge connecting the city’s Asian and European sides. The agency also financed two dam projects in Turkey.

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Kyodo News
April 5, 2022

20 Ukraine evacuees arrive in Japan from Poland on gov’t plane

A group of 20 evacuees from Ukraine arrived in Japan from Poland on Tuesday aboard a Japanese government plane, an exceptional move that comes as people fleeing Ukraine have been facing skyrocketing airfares in the wake of Russia’s invasion.

Five men and 15 women, aged 6 to 66, had been hoping to travel to Japan but were unable to secure their own means of transportation. The government’s support to them includes housing, employment and language lessons.

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Japan is trying to show its commitment to the global efforts to help Ukraine and Poland, which has seen the biggest refugee influx from Ukraine following the Russian invasion.

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Those who do not have guarantors in Japan such as relatives or acquaintances are expected to stay at hotels arranged by the government until municipalities or businesses provide new places to stay.

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On Monday, Hayashi vowed to accept “as many (Ukrainians) as possible” from a humanitarian perspective when he held talks with his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau in Warsaw, before meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

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In a related move, Japan has decided to dispatch four officials to Moldova, another nation sharing a border with Ukraine, for a week from Tuesday to explore the possibility of a human resource contribution in the health and medical services sector.

…Japan had accepted 404 evacuees from Ukraine as of Sunday, according to the Japanese government.

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