While the Japanese Prime Minister was on a historic visit to Ukraine, Russian bombers flew over the Sea of Japan
The Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida as part of his historic visit to Ukraine, today he visited Bucha, a small town not far from Kyiv.
Kishida is the first Japanese head of government since World War II to visit a war zone. Toj arrived in Bucha by train early in the afternoon, immediately after arriving in Kyiv, and before the meeting with the president Volodymyr Zelenski. Kiev considers his arrival in the country during the war to be historic. Kishida was the only leader of a G7 country who had not visited Ukraine.
"This historic visit is a sign of solidarity and strong cooperation between Ukraine and Japan. We are grateful to Japan for its strong support and contribution to our future victory," Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Djepar wrote on Facebook.
The visit of the Japanese Prime Minister coincides with the stay of the Chinese President Xi Jinping in Moscow.
In response to the Japanese Prime Minister's arrival in Kiev, the Russian Defense Ministry said two Russian strategic bombers flew over the Sea of Japan for seven hours.
Kishida is meeting with Zelensky to express his "respect for the courage and perseverance of the people defending their homeland under his command, as well as the unwavering support and solidarity of Japan and the G7 group."
Japan is also hosting the G7 summit in Hiroshima in May. The country continues to support Ukraine and impose sanctions on Russia, but does not send military aid because Japan's pacifist constitution limits the country's military capabilities to self-defense only.