Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, right, and Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, left, attend a Diet session in the lower house on Jan 23. Photo: AP/ugene Hoshiko
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Kishida to consider visiting Ukraine if right conditions are met

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday that he will consider visiting Ukraine to hold talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy if the right conditions are met.

"Nothing has been decided at this point, but we will consider" whether to visit Ukraine depending on "various circumstances," Kishida said at a parliamentary session after a ruling party lawmaker urged the premier to follow the example of leaders from other allied nations who have already visited the country.

Kishida, a veteran lawmaker representing a constituency in Hiroshima, is scheduled to host a Group of Seven summit for three days from May 19 in the western Japan city that was devastated by a U.S. atomic bomb in August 1945.

At the gathering, Kishida plans to set out his vision of a world without nuclear weapons amid fears that Russia could use one against Ukraine in the ongoing war, amid several months of low approval ratings for his cabinet.

Among the G7 countries, British, Canadian, French, German, and Italian leaders have already visited Ukraine since the war began. In December, U.S. President Joe Biden also held a summit with Zelenskyy in Washington.

Kishida has been eager to make a trip to Ukraine as chair of the upcoming G7 summit, but a Japanese government official said it may be difficult to arrange his visit to the Eastern European state for security reasons.

Relations between Japan and Russia have been deteriorating as Tokyo, along with other G7 members, has been imposing punitive sanctions on Moscow in the wake of its aggression toward Ukraine.

Zelenskyy has invited Kishida to visit Ukraine and conveyed his "deep gratitude" for Tokyo's support.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, the government's top spokesman, said Tuesday that Tokyo will "continue to offer assistance" to people in Ukraine, who have been facing a "national crisis."

During a meeting in Washington in January, meanwhile, Kishida and Biden voiced "firm opposition to Russia's unjust and brutal war of aggression against Ukraine," pledging to keep levying sanctions on Moscow, including asset freezes of President Vladimir Putin.

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Please don't tell him he needs to fly to Poland, and then take the train, like Salaryman Taro and Office Lady Fumiko does every day. There won't be any Crown Centuries for his disposal.

-4 ( +14 / -18 )

While still Japan government still considering, Japanese TV personality already there.

https://japantoday.com/category/entertainment/japan-tv-personality-dewi-visits-ukraine-despite-travel-restrictions

-7 ( +6 / -13 )

Nice to see anti-US, anti-Japan comments dropping off a bit. They stand with Ukraine. As does the UK, the Baltics, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, and the rest of the Allies. Mr. Zelenskiy is an exceptional leader of our times. And the Ukrainians fight fascists for all of us. Love and respect to Ukraine.

-2 ( +16 / -18 )

Kishida to consider visiting Ukraine if right conditions are met

Those conditions being the comfort of Kishida. We support the Ukrainians in there struggle for freedom…..wait I have to actually go there?

-7 ( +15 / -22 )

Among the G7 countries, British, Canadian, French, German, and Italian leaders have already visited Ukraine since the war began. In December, U.S. President Joe Biden also held a summit with Zelenskyy in Washington.

... this is embarrassing for Japan?

5 ( +12 / -7 )

Kishida has been eager to make a trip to Ukraine

100 % BS !

10 ( +20 / -10 )

Ukraine is just an excuse by NATO to have a war with Russia. This has been an agenda. After that they will go on to China. It is called World domination for their one World government and one religion.

-8 ( +16 / -24 )

"Nothing has been decided at this point, but we will consider." So, this is non-news.

9 ( +18 / -9 )

Japan always wants it both ways. It will be the same with any confrontation with China started by the US military.

-9 ( +12 / -21 )

Perhaps Kishida sent Dewi-fujin as his goodwill ambassador to check things out ahead of time. He will decide to go or not to go, based upon her recommendations and advice.

I mean really now, the Kishida and the LDP are just a bunch of "celebrities" like their counterparts on variety TV here.

3 ( +13 / -10 )

At the gathering, Kishida plans to set out his vision of a world without nuclear weapons

Great way to waste his and everybody's time.

6 ( +13 / -7 )

You really have to wonder why a lackluster leader like Kishida should physically go to the Ukraine at this juncture . If you are going to give them money and support just do it. Spare us the opportunistic self promoting and photo ops please! What possible good do all these visits really do? Seeing TrueDough over there made me wanna be sick….

13 ( +18 / -5 )

Surely they’ve suffered enough over there?!

-4 ( +20 / -24 )

What a whole waste of time wasters, literally the title should say, Japanese PM not sure to do something so sticks head in sand in hopes they go away.

7 ( +18 / -11 )

I’m sure Ukraine appreciates Japanese support, but for Ukrainians, it must really be a logistical nightmare to try to keep foreign leaders safe in a warzone. Apps with video capabilities are good enough to get the job done.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Go to do what? Another photo op? Send him to Bakhmut so he can see first hand.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

u have better sit home,stop wasting taxpayers money more for nothing and start to work.

Japan have so many local problems to be solved.

11 ( +16 / -5 )

Kishida to visit Ukraine. Kishida will do whatever his master's from the rogue state of the USA tell him to do. After all, it is a pseudo US/NATO war.

-5 ( +13 / -18 )

Was he inspired by Dewi Sukarno?

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Kishida to consider visiting Ukraine

YES! Please do it!

I got 5 on it!

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Kishida has been eager to make a trip to Ukraine

Kish can't even identify which continent the Ukraine is in.

3 ( +11 / -8 )

I guess there aren’t so many right conditions for a visit left over there.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

He should take Mori with him if he goes.

-3 ( +10 / -13 )

The right conditions…

Condition #1, please wear at least a collared shirt when meeting a Head of State.

1 ( +8 / -7 )

If Kishida cannot make the trip under the present conditions........STAY IN JAPAN!

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Kishida has been eager to make a trip to Ukraine

Kishida can stay there

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

Zizi

plain English.

LOL

2 ( +2 / -0 )

No one cares.

-10 ( +3 / -13 )

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday that he will consider visiting Ukraine to hold talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy if the right conditions are met.

What, like a guaranteed bounce in the opinion polls?

2 ( +4 / -2 )

No more talk, book your flight already (well, he has his own plane, but as a matter of speech).

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan, the time to consider visiting Ukraine is *now! now !! And NOW!!!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Kishida's backside must be getting sore from sitting on the fence so often.

Maybe a condition is a sizeable donation to the LDP.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

What a whole waste of time wasters, literally the title should say, Japanese PM not sure to do something so sticks head in sand in hopes they go away.

Yep, pretty much...Doo shiyoo...sucks teeth..muzukashii.. meanwhile pretty much every other G7 country,s politicians have come and gone to Kiev already. But he will make it there eventually, in time for the election.

Apps with video capabilities are good enough to get the job done.

Yeah, they sure are ..but a photo op with Kishida wearing a bulletproof vest standing next to Zelensky is needed before the spring local polls. Nothing like a hero poster pic to make the minions forget about being slugged with another tax rise and vote for the LDP deadwood again.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Nice to see anti-US, anti-Japan comments dropping off a bit. They stand with Ukraine. As does the UK, the Baltics, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, and the rest of the Allies. Mr. Zelenskiy is an exceptional leader of our times. And the Ukrainians fight fascists for all of us. Love and respect to Ukraine.

I've just read in a public: " If the victory of Ukraine and the West - is to cut out all Russians in the Donbass and Crimea, put missiles and NATO bases in Crimea, keep a bunch of biolabs in Ukraine and laugh in our face - how did they buy a drug clown, shut down all our media and lied to the whole world, pumped up the Ukronazis with weapons and subsequently "won" all this? In that case, I am not against nuclear war." Don't u see a difference in the vision of situation? Why is the difference? Don't u think that u are simply a victim of one-side information manipulation? But u are!

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Nice to see anti-US, anti-Japan comments dropping off a bit. They stand with Ukraine. As does the UK, the Baltics, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, and the rest of the Allies.

Stand with Ukraine? All they are doing is throwing more gasoline on the fire and extending the death and destruction of Ukraine.

Mr. Zelenskiy is an exceptional leader of our times. And the Ukrainians fight fascists for all of us. Love and respect to Ukraine.

Exceptionally bad. He sacrificed his country and citizens for NATO's proxy war...

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Kuku,you have never lived in a free society,where the citizens,have a right to criticize their leaders openly, and not disappear

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