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Japan to Pledge $106 Million in Aid to Ukraine -Kyodo News

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will pledge 15.8 billion yen ($106 million) in aid to Ukraine at a conference to be held in Tokyo on Feb. 19, Kyodo News reported on Sunday, citing unidentified sources.

The funding will be used for reconstruction in seven areas, including agriculture and the disposal of rubble, Kyodo said.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal are set to attend the conference, along with government and industry representatives from both countries, national broadcaster NHK reported on Saturday.

Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat was not available for comment outside of regular working hours.

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Japan in December, after it overhauled its arms export guidelines, said it would prepare to ship Patriot air defence missiles to the United States.

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A member of the National Ballet of Ukraine looks at her phone as she prepares for a performance of "Nadiya Ukraine" (Hope for Ukraine) on opening night in Vancouver, on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024. Twenty-three dancers are on a Canadian tour highlighting Ukrainian culture through traditional dance while also supporting the war effort by collecting donations from the audience for Ukraine First Lady Olena Zelenska's Foundation and Humanite. (Darryl Dyck /The Canadian Press via AP)

Japan still cannot ship weapons to countries at war, but such shipments to the U.S. could indirectly benefit Ukraine by boosting Washington’s capacity to provide military aid to Kyiv.

(Reporting by Anton Bridge; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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