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Asahi: LDP defense division chair approves of Japanese volunteers fighting for Ukraine

  • March 3, 2022
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By Nobira Yuichi and Matsuyama Naoki

 

At a March 2 joint meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Foreign Affairs Division, there was a statement approving of Japanese volunteers in response to the Embassy of Ukraine in Japan’s Twitter post calling for volunteer soldiers to fight against the Russian invasion. Miyazawa Hiroyuki, chair of the LDP’s National Defense Division, said in an Asahi Shimbun interview that “(participants from Japan) should not be held back. Military volunteers should not be held back.”

 

Miyazawa said in the Asahi interview, “Japan’s position based on the constitution is that of a nation of peace. Japan cannot send troops or provide weapons. I think that the aspirations of volunteers should not go to waste under these circumstances. I think we should pay the utmost respect to people who harbor such aspirations.”

 

Miyazawa also said, “If this kind of enthusiasm emerges among the people when there is a contingency in the Taiwan Strait, the government would not be able to stop it.”

 

In a March 1 press conference, Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa commented on military volunteers to fight against the Ukrainian invasion: “We have issued an advisory to evacuate from all areas of Ukraine. We would like people to refrain from traveling to Ukraine for any purpose.”

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