Japanese PM Holds Phone Call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (PM) held a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy today, April 3rd, where they pledged to keep close relations and cooperation, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

The phone conversation lasted around thirty minutes, Kishida claiming Japan will “steadily implement” all previous agreements made at a February conference for Ukrainian foreign aid and recovery held in Tokyo.

The Japan-Ukraine Conference for Promotion of Economic Growth and Reconstruction took place on February 19th, with Tokyo promising to give reconstruction support to Ukraine.

A total of $104 million (15.8 billion yen) will be provided to Ukraine from Japan to counter landmines and unexploded ordinance and restore electricity and energy.

“Japan remains unwavering in its commitment to stand together with Ukraine,” Kishida allegedly said over the phone based on claims by the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

Zelenskyy conveyed gratitude toward Japan for the continued aid, giving additional credit to the conference held in February, while also explaining the current stage of the conflict with Russia.