Asahi reported on the disclosure by several sources that many Afghan employees of the Japanese Embassy and JICA office in Kabul and their dependents are stranded in the capital after 12 Japanese diplomats were airlifted to the UAE on a UK military aircraft on Tuesday. Approximately 500 locally employed staff and their family members reportedly wish to flee the country. A Kantei official said the GOJ will try to evacuate them in coordination with other countries. The GOJ has not been able to arrange flights or other transportation to relocate them out of Afghanistan. One Afghan staff member told the daily over the phone that they had been told by Japanese diplomats that efforts will be made to evacuate them.