Mainichi ran an extensive report on a news conference hosted by the Nippon Foundation on Monday to announce the establishment of a new fund to support Ukrainian evacuees in Japan with the participation of Ambassador Emanuel and Ukrainian Ambassador Korsunsky. The paper wrote that Ambassador Emanuel proposed the idea of creating such a fund to Ukrainian Ambassador Korsunsky and the Nippon Foundation. The paper quoted Ambassador Emanuel as saying at the news conference that he would like to support the evacuees and make them feel at home in Japan until they can return to their homeland.
The paper also detailed Ambassador Emanuel’s various efforts and activities to support Ukraine, noting that his grandparents had roots in Odessa. The paper quoted the Ambassador as saying at the news conference that he has a moral responsibility as the ambassador of a free country to assist Ukraine in any way possible. The paper also said that just one month after taking up his post in Japan, Ambassador Emanuel held a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on Feb. 25, the day after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to condemn Russia and express solidarity with Ukraine. The paper also said the Ambassador helped to arrange the transport of SDF equipment to Ukraine by U.S. military aircraft and has concentrated his efforts on supporting the evacuees. After meeting with a group of 22 Ukrainian evacuees on April 21 together with Ukrainian Ambassador Korsunsky, Ambassador Emanuel reached out to the Nippon Foundation, which has experience in providing assistance to Ukrainian evacuees, to propose the idea of establishing the fund, the paper said.