Japanese hospitalized in Brussels blasts regains consciousness


A Japanese man in his 30s who was hospitalized following a terrorist attack at a subway station in Brussels last week and who was believed to be in a coma has regained consciousness. He is now in stable condition, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday.

“I have been informed that he has finally recovered consciousness and that his condition is stable,” Kishida told a parliamentary committee.

“The Japanese Embassy in Belgium will continue to support him. I wish for his fast recovery,” Kishida said.

The man, one of two Japanese nationals injured in the attacks in the Belgian capital on March 22, is Yu Takita, who had been seconded to the Global Federation of Insurance Associations in Brussels from the Life Insurance Association of Japan.

The attacks at Brussels Airport and on the subway system left 32 people dead, the Belgian government said Tuesday. Around 340 people were injured.