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Three Air Self-Defense Force transport planes sent to Thailand for the possible evacuation of Japanese nationals from Cambodia arrived at Naha airport in Okinawa Prefecture on late July 17 without evacuees.

Kaoru Yosano, deputy chief Cabinet secretary, told an earlier news conference that all three C-130 Hercules planes had left the naval base in U-Taphao, about 175 km southeast of Bangkok. Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto had ordered the recall late July 16.

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