Tokyo, March 16 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday that the government has established a liaison and coordination team to support Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion of their country.
“We will actively accept (Ukrainians) in the spirit of mutual assistance in times of trouble,” Kishida told a press conference.
With an increasing number of local governments, companies and organizations offering support for displaced Ukrainians, the government will “accelerate work to match them with entities ready to host them, using the new team as a control tower,” Kishida added.
He also said the government will take necessary measures to help Ukrainians settle, enter schools, find jobs and learn the Japanese language.
Russia’s invasion is “an outrageous act that should be recorded in history,” Kishida stressed. “I condemn it resolutely.”
Soaring energy and food prices, exacerbated by the Ukraine crisis, are “feared to deal a blow to the economy and citizens’ lives,” he said.
“But we must not give in to any threat or intimidation by Russia,” the prime minister said, seeking public support for sanctions against Russia.
Regarding restrictions on imports of crude oil and liquefied natural gas from Russia, he said that Japan will do its utmost to act in concert with the other Group of Seven members while pursuing its own energy security interests.
Kishida also explained the government’s plan to extend 100 million dollars in emergency humanitarian aid to Ukraine.