Mainichi and Sankei wrote that Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno told reporters on Tuesday that Japan has received an official request from Tonga for assistance following the recent underwater volcanic eruption in the region. Matsuno added that the GOJ will consult with the government of Tonga on the details of its assistance and will work closely with relevant nations, including Australia and New Zealand, to swiftly provide assistance to Tonga. Asahi wrote that Foreign Minister Hayashi separately told reporters that Japan will provide as much support as possible. According to a senior Foreign Ministry official, Japan is considering providing water purifiers and other equipment and will consult with the United States, Australia, and other countries to determine Tonga’s needs.
In a related story, Asahi wrote that the Chinese government announced its plan on Monday to provide assistance worth $100,000 to Tonga through the Red Cross Society of China. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson told reporters on Tuesday that China plans to airlift water, food, and other supplies to Tonga as soon as its damaged airports become available for use.