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Japan’s evacuation mission involves challenges 

  • August 25, 2021
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Sankei , NHK
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Yomiuri wrote that the GOJ’s mission to evacuate Japanese nationals and local staff members from Afghanistan involves challenges, such as whether people who wish to evacuate will be able to safely reach the airport and how to screen family members of local staff members. The GOJ is planning to grant Afghan evacuees a short-stay status in Japan if they so desire and has established an inter-agency taskforce to assist them. The GOJ is also planning to help them move onward to third countries or find jobs in Japan depending on their wishes. 


Mainichi wrote that the GOJ told a joint LDP meeting of its divisions of foreign affairs and defense on Tuesday that it is planning to use a chartered plane to transport Japanese nationals and local staff members to Japan from a third country they will evacuate to. According to the paper, the GOJ has begun discussing how to treat Afghan evacuees, including giving them refugee status. They will be required to quarantine for 14 days at GOJ-designated facilities after arrival in Japan.  


Meanwhile, NHK reported that the Defense Ministry is making final arrangements to dispatch as early as today SDF personnel on a government plane to a nation near Afghanistan to assist with the evacuation of Japanese nationals, local embassy staff, and others from Afghanistan by the August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Sankei ran a similar report, adding that the nation near Afghanistan will serve as a base for the provision of water and food to SDF personnel involved in the operation. 


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