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Japan helps sick S.Korean girl fly home from India

  • May 7, 2020
  • , NHK WORLD , 10:16 a.m.
  • English Press

A 5-year-old South Korean girl with acute leukemia in India has flown back home for treatment, with help from the Japanese government.


South Korean media say the girl was diagnosed with the disease while she was staying in India with her family.


Her parents wanted to take her back to South Korea for treatment, but all international flights out of India had been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.


The family sought help from the South Korean Embassy, which in turn asked other countries for cooperation.


Japanese Embassy officials in India say the Japanese government secured seats for the family on a Japan Airlines flight it chartered to bring Japanese nationals back home. The flight left New Delhi on Monday.


The family arrived in Tokyo, and then flew to Incheon International Airport, near Seoul, on Tuesday. Their arrival back home drew attention as it coincided with Children’s Day in both Japan and South Korea.


Relations between Japan and South Korea remain tense, but the two countries have cooperated in getting each other’s nationals back home amid the pandemic.


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