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Some 60% of Japanese embassy staff, others have arrived in Japan from Afghanistan 

  • October 20, 2021
  • , Asahi, Nikkei
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Nikkei took up the arrival in Japan yesterday of 88 Afghans, including those who worked for the Japanese Embassy in Kabul and their dependents, saying this brought the total number of Afghans who have fled the country to Japan to almost 300, including about 100 who departed the war-torn country by land without the Taliban’s approval. As Japan plans to evacuate some 500 Afghans, the GOJ is reportedly continuing to coordinate with the Taliban to help the remaining 200, many of whom don’t have passports, leave the country. The paper said the Qatari government has been instrumental in arranging the departure of the Afghans, adding that the Taliban has also become cooperative in allowing passport holders to leave the country for Japan since September. The daily speculated that the Islamic group is trying to maintain positive relations with Tokyo in preparation for the winter, when food shortages are likely to become severer. Asahi ran a similar story.  

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