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ROME (Kyodo) The first of three aircraft chartered by the government to bring Japanese out of Egypt amid the growing unrest there arrived Monday night in Rome with about 180 people on board.

The Foreign Ministry said about 1,600 Japanese were in Egypt as of Monday. The government is arranging to fly them out as soon as possible using both regular commercial flights and the chartered aircraft, which can each carry 180 people.

The two more chartered planes were on their way to Rome from Cairo, where protests were slated for Tuesday.

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