Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto said July 8 that the government is working out ways of rescuing Japanese nationals stranded in Cambodia, according to a high-ranking government official.

Hashimoto reportedly made the remark during a meeting of top government and ruling block officials from the Liberal Democratic Party, the Social Democratic Party and New Party Sakigake, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kaoru Yosano told a news conference. The government is looking at using available measures, including planes, ships and automobiles, to evacuate Japanese businessmen, tourists and others there, Hashimoto said. Some difficulties, such as how to secure their safety on the way out of Cambodia, remain, Yosano said.

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