Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto decided July 16 to recall three Air Self-Defense Force transport planes dispatched to Thailand to help in the possible evacuation of Japanese nationals from Cambodia. Acting on Hashimoto’s instructions, Post and Telecommunications Minister Hisao Horinouchi, who is serving as acting chief of the Defense Agency, issued an order for the three C-130 Hercules planes to leave Thailand late July 16.

The decision was made after Hashimoto discussed the matter with Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiroku Kajiyama, Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda and Horinouchi at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence on late July 16. Horinouchi attended the meeting on behalf of Fumio Kyuma, director general of the Defense Agency, who is currently overseas.

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