Govt: All Japanese Who Wanted Out of Niger Evacuated

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A worker of Red Cross takes care of people evacuated from Niger at the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023.

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — All Japanese nationals willing to flee Niger, an African country hit by a military coup, have been evacuated to Paris, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said Thursday.

Two people fled Niger on Tuesday, while eight others were evacuated aboard a French flight in the early hours of Thursday.

“A very few number of Japanese nationals wanted to stay in Niger for certain reasons, and we’ll continue to make all-out efforts to ensure their safety,” Matsuno told a press conference.