Japan is dispatching an official jet usually reserved for the emperor and prime minister to ferry Ukrainian refugees to Tokyo, an unprecedented move that highlights the red-carpet treatment being offered to those fleeing Russia’s invasion.
Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi is set to fly to Poland in a 150-seater Boeing 777 government jet Friday, the government’s chief spokesman said. The plane was then expected to be used to fly refugees back to Tokyo, according to NHK and other media.
The country has already accepted 325 people fleeing Ukraine in less than a month. While that’s a tiny fraction of the millions who have fled, it’s still more than the total number of refugees Japan has allowed for the past seven years from all over the world.