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Japanese Foreign Minister arrives in Kyiv

by Elsa Court and The Kyiv Independent news desk January 7, 2024 12:41 PM 2 min read
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa in Irpin, Kyiv Oblast, on Jan. 7, 2024. (Embassy of Japan in Ukraine / X)
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Japan's Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa arrived in Kyiv as part of a visit to Europe, the Japanese Foreign Ministry announced on Jan. 7.

Japan will host a conference promoting Ukraine's economic reconstruction on Feb. 19. Kamikawa's visit involves discussions with Ukrainian representatives on preparations for the event.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, who will travel to Tokyo for the event, said in November that Japan's experience of post-war reconstruction is a useful case to learn from.

The Foreign Ministry said that Kamikawa will also participate in a handover ceremony of power equipment that Japan has donated to help Ukraine through the winter months, when Russia frequently targets energy infrastructure.

The Embassy of Japan in Ukraine shared photos of Kamikawa shortly after her arrival visiting Irpin and Bucha in Kyiv Oblast, which were occupied by Russian forces at the start of the full-scale invasion.  

Kamikawa will also meet her Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba and will "highlight the importance of protecting women and children who are particularly vulnerable in war and of ensuring human dignity," the Foreign Ministry said.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced during a virtual meeting with G7 leaders in December that Japan was ready to contribute $4.5 billion in additional funds to support Ukraine's recovery efforts.

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