Japan may consider evacuating its citizens in Ukraine amid concerns of an imminent Russian invasion. This is according to Japanese government sources. The United States issued the order to relatives of its embassy staff.
The Foreign Ministry advised against any travel to Ukraine. The second-highest Level 3 advisory is now applicable to the entire nation. It previously only covered certain parts of Eastern European countries.
According to the ministry, Ukraine is home to approximately 250 Japanese nationals and their families. A senior ministry official stated that Japan was also “moving towards that direction” about Sunday’s U.S. order. He also said that the Eastern European country is experiencing rapid changes.
Hirokazu Matsuno, Chief Cabinet Secretary, stated that the government reminded Japanese residents of Ukraine to be ready for any unforeseen situations.
At a press conference, the top government spokesperson stated, “We will continue monitoring the situation and taking necessary steps promptly while working closely with the United States and other similar countries.”
Relations are on the line as Russia’s continues to strengthen their defence and military pressure along the border with Ukraine. The negotiations seem to be in vain for now between the West and Moscow.