Japan vice ministers visit Ukraine to examine recovery needs

Two Japanese senior vice ministers have visited Ukraine along with a business delegation to examine requests for Japanese contributions to future reconstruction of the war-torn country, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Kiyoto Tsuji, a senior vice foreign minister, and Kazuchika Iwata, a senior vice minister of economy, trade and industry, arrived in Ukraine on Sunday. They will meet with Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv, according to the Japanese ministry.

The visit comes as part of preparations for the Japan-Ukraine Conference for Promotion of Economic Reconstruction, scheduled to be held in Tokyo on Feb. 19.

"Through the economic mission's visit this time, we will further promote public-private support for Ukraine, and we hope it will lead to the success" of the conference, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa told a press conference.

In March, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made a surprise trip to Ukraine, while Kamikawa's predecessor, Yoshimasa Hayashi, visited the country in September. Ukraine has been under invasion by Russian since February 2022.

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