Japan-Ukraine Relations

June 21, 2023
Minister Hayashi and Prime Minister Shmyhal who shake hands facing straight at a camera
Minister Hayashi and Prime Minister Shmyhal who exchange opinions after having a seat

On June 21st, commencing at 14:30 p.m. (Local time: 22:30 p.m. JST) for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is currently visiting London, the United Kingdom, to attend the Ukraine Recovery Conference, organized jointly by the UK and Ukraine, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Denys SHMYHAL, Prime Minister of Ukraine. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the beginning of the meeting, Minister Hayashi renewed his sincere respect to Prime Minister Shmyhal and the Ukrainian government for all the efforts to organize this conference and expressed hope that this conference will become an important milestone for the reconstruction of Ukraine.
  2. Prime Minister Shmyhal provided detailed information of the latest situation on the flood caused by the collapse of the dam at the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant. In response, Minister Hayashi stated that, Japan decided to provide emergency humanitarian assistance in total of 5 million US dollars in such areas as food, water and sanitation and health, through WFP, UNICEF, IOM, and UNHCR. In addition, Minister Hayashi also stated that Japan would provide approximately 160 water purifiers, 30 drain pumps, 4,000 plastic water containers and 20 large water tanks through JICA as well as 530 generators and 30 construction machines along with awareness-raising activities as a mine action for local people through the UNDP. Prime Minister Shmyhal expressed his sincere appreciation for all the assistance Japan has provided to date, including what was announced at the meeting, as well as assistance for the removal of landmines, and showed expectation for further assistance.
  3. After explaining the efforts of Japanese government in recovery and reconstruction, Minister Hayashi stated that Japan decided to hold the “Japan-Ukraine Conference for Promotion of Economic Reconstruction” at a convenient timing for both sides, at some point from the end of this year to the beginning of next year. Prime Minister Shmyhal gladly accepted the invitation to Japan to attend the Conference, which Minister Hayashi conveyed, and stated that Ukraine would cooperate for the success of the Conference.

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