NHK has learned that Japanese Self-Defense Forces have helped evacuate more than 10 Afghans from the country.
The Japanese government sent SDF C-130 transport aircraft to Kabul to airlift Japanese nationals and Afghans who wanted to leave.
A Japanese woman was flown to the Pakistan capital Islamabad on Friday.
Sources told NHK that on Thursday the SDF flew more than 10 Afghans to Islamabad.
The government says foreign ministry officials and SDF personnel on the mission had left Afghanistan on Friday.
They are staying temporarily in Islamabad with the SDF aircraft on standby for further operations.
It is unclear when evacuations can proceed. The government has been aiming to evacuate up to 500 people, mostly Japanese nationals and Afghans who have worked for the Japanese embassy and international organizations along with their families.
The Ministry of Defense of Japan released for the first time a defense white paper for elementary and middle school students that Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said contains unreasonable criticism of China.
Japan’s government has decided to tap into its discretionary reserve funds to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Officials plan to spend more than 1.4 trillion yen, or nearly 13 billion dollars, on additional efforts.
Japan has begun preparations to take in Afghans who worked for its embassy and aid organization, an unusual opening of doors to war refugees amid mounting concerns of Taliban retribution against locals who worked with foreign governments.
The Japanese government and the Tokyo Metropolitan government appealed on Monday to hospitals in the capital to accept more COVID-19 patients as increasing infections has made it increasingly difficult to get access to care.
China has objected to an upcoming Taiwan-Japan dialogue on security issues. According to Japanese news reports, the Liberal Democratic Party plans to convene an online dialogue with Taiwan”s ruling party.