Tokyo thanks Beijing for evacuating Japanese tourist from Yemen

JIJI, Kyodo

Japan thanked China for evacuating a Japanese tourist from war-torn Yemen aboard a Chinese Navy supply vessel, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

The Chinese side invited the male Japanese national to board the ship along with Chinese evacuees, Suga told a news conference Tuesday. The tourist accepted the offer.

“We have conveyed our gratitude to the Chinese government,” he said, adding that Tokyo had not requested that China help evacuate the man.

Amid the worsening security situation in Yemen, China said Monday it had evacuated 279 people from 15 countries aboard the naval vessel.

The Japanese man flew to Socotra Island in late March via the Yemeni capital Sanaa. He became stranded there when flights were suspended after airstrikes began in Yemen.

He left the island Monday and arrived in Oman aboard the Chinese vessel Tuesday, from where he was scheduled to move on to the United Arab Emirates and continue his trip, Japanese officials said.

  • Nathan Hubbard

    Good guy China, I guess.

  • TheRedButterfly

    :) Thanks for being a bro China.

    • Cowpocalypse_Now

      Now give me back my island!

  • ernesto

    Not sure why anyone expects less from China, it is the Japanese that tried to take over the world.

    • PRAFTD

      China may not have tried to take over the world, but they have a history of genocide, censorship, and other nasty stuff just like any other nation. Nobody has a clean past, that’s why xountries need to stop looking at the past and look toward the future. Petty griping of past generations solves nothing.

      • TheRedButterfly

        I’m definitely pulling this out of my ass, but I believe that New Zealand has a pretty clean record. (I could be wrong.)

      • 6ุุุุุุุุุุุุุุุุุุุุุุุุุุุุุ

        Bah, Murica has a record just about as bad as China.

    • corners

      China tried to take over their known world many times also. Have some perspective.

    • the dude

      correction. they only wanted asia.

  • Dan

    Since when do we have to applaud basic compassion?

    • Dauve

      We applaud it after it happens between two countries who have spend hundreds of years ripping each other to shreds

      • I’m Kevin


      • Dan

        That last ‘ripping’ was 1945.

    • lbmouse

      When it is done by godless commies I guess. The headline should read, “Tokyo Thanks Beijing for Stopping Godzilla.” Now *THAT* would be a story worthy of applause and posting on your timeline.

      • Jon Anderson

        Both you and Dan severely lack context and knowledge. That is putting it gently.

      • lbmouse

        And you severely lack a sense of humour.

      • Steve

        Godzilla is no joke.

      • Jon Anderson

        Thank you, Steve. I’m glad somebody in this thread is able to recognize the true threats.

      • Dianne Tea

        I used to play FFXI back when it was first released, we would often party with Japanese players, because well, you needed a full group to do anything. There was a basic communication system in place with words that were already translated, however if anyone typed Godzilla the Japanese players would all freak out and start “screaming” and running around. I don’t know why or how it started, but it happened often enough that I have fond memories of people freaking out after someone said Godzilla in chat.

  • pleasespareit

    China is the new US, saving everyone…

  • Jesus

    lmao there was no such thing as cannibalism

  • Christine

    Remember Chiune Sugihara? Humanity has no border…

    The Japan Times do report many news that other Japanese media could not… It became vivid during President Obama’s visit… but the bottom line is… I recall sharing Mr. Sugihara’s story in Beverly Hills almost 30 years ago – thought Museum of Tolerance should thank Mr. Sugihara for his courage during WWII. He said… “I did it for humanity…”