Japan has evacuated one national from chaos-ridden Afghanistan on a Self-Defense Forces aircraft.
The government still plans to evacuate up to 500 people, including Afghans working for the Japanese embassy, who were unable to reach the airport in Kabul.
The C130 transport plane arrived in Pakistan's capital Islamabad on Friday night carrying a Japanese woman. Japanese foreign ministry officials and SDF personnel who are conducting the mission were also on board.
The government says they have been moved to Islamabad temporarily, adding that the SDF will be put on standby in the city.
Ministry officials say they will continue working to evacuate Japanese nationals and Afghans in cooperation with the United States and other nations.
The situation in Afghanistan has grown increasingly dangerous since the Taliban took power earlier this month amid the US military's full withdrawal from the country.