INTERVIEW: Japan gives serious thought to reopening embassy in Ukraine

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Rzeszow, Poland, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)–Japan plans to reopen its embassy in Ukraine “fully”, Japanese Ambassador to Ukraine Kuninori Matsuda said in an interview with Jiji Press.

The interview took place on Monday, after Matsuda ended his two-week stay in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv at the end of August, where he exchanged views with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and other senior government officials while assessing the situation there, in view of reopening the Japanese Embassy.

After Russia invaded Ukraine, Japan closed its embassy in Kyiv in March. Embassy staff are now based in Rzeszow, neighboring Poland.

Among the Group of Seven nations, Japan is the only country whose embassy in Ukraine remains closed.

The ambassador said during his recent stay in Kyiv that he heard the voice of the Ukrainian side hoping for Japan’s support, as preparing for the coming winter is the biggest challenge there.

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