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Around 70 Japanese have volunteered to fight for Ukraine: Report

TOKYO: Several dozen Japanese males have answered a Ukrainian name for overseas volunteers to fight Russia’s invasion, in accordance to a media report on Wednesday (Mar 2).

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy known as on Sunday for the formation of an “international legion,” prompting dozens from the United States and Canada to volunteer.

As of Tuesday, 70 Japanese males – together with 50 former members of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and two veterans of the French Foreign Legion – had utilized to be volunteers, the Mainichi Shimbun each day mentioned, quoting a Tokyo firm dealing with the volunteers.

A Ukrainian Embassy spokesperson acknowledged receiving calls from folks “wanting to fight for Ukraine”, however mentioned they knew nothing additional about volunteers.

A Feb 28 social media publish from the embassy mentioned it thanked Japanese for their many inquiries about volunteering however added a proviso.

“Any candidates for this must have experience in Japan’s Self-Defence Forces or have undergone specialised training,” it mentioned.

In a brand new publish on Twitter on Wednesday, the Ukranian embassy in Japan mentioned it was wanting for volunteers with medical, IT, communication, or firefighting expertise. It was not instantly clear if the volunteer positions have been distant or concerned travelling to the nation.

Japan has instructed its nationals to postpone journey to Ukraine for any purpose, a warning reiterated on Wednesday by Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, who mentioned he was conscious of the experiences in regards to the volunteers.

“The Japanese foreign ministry has issued an evacuation advisory for all of Ukraine and we want people to stop all travel to Ukraine, regardless of the purpose of their visit,” he instructed a information convention.

“We are communicating with the Ukrainian embassy in Japan and pointed out that an evacuation advisory is in place.”

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