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Japan is making final arrangements to send Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi to Poland from Friday in place of Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa, who was found to be a coronavirus close contact, government sources said Thursday.

The decision to send a representative to Poland is part of Tokyo's efforts to assist those fleeing Ukraine following the Russian invasion. Tokyo is considering transporting Ukrainians and Japanese nationals who have fled the war back to Japan on a government plane.

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