Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged Tuesday that he would increase financial support to Ukraine from $100 million to $300 million amid Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine.
Kishida conveyed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky over the phone that Japan will increase financial aid and defense equipment supply, including protective masks and drones, at the request of the Ukrainian government.
Zelensky said that they also discussed “prospects for post-war cooperation,” while expressing gratitude to Japan for its assistance.
The ban was overturned by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2014, who allowed exports in cases that contribute to global peace and serve Japan’s security interests.
Chief cabinet secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said the decision to supply Ukraine with defense equipment was made in accordance with Japan’s war-renouncing constitution, adding that Japan will not provide weapons to Ukraine.
“As a nation that experienced the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident [in 2011], Japan condemns [Russia’s invasion of Ukraine] in the strongest possible terms,” Kishida told reporters last month.