Over 300 Afghan staff leave for Japan

Japan's Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu says more than 300 Afghan nationals who worked for the Japanese Embassy and a government-affiliated agency have left Afghanistan, noting that 118 of them have already arrived in Japan.

Motegi was speaking at a regular news conference on Tuesday.

He said the evacuees were Afghans who worked for the Japanese Embassy and the Japan International Cooperation Agency, or JICA, as well as family members.

He also said about 50 of them would arrive at Narita Airport, near Tokyo, on Wednesday.

The Japanese government plans to continue to provide assistance for about 200 more Afghan nationals seeking to leave the country.

Motegi said the government will make efforts through diplomatic channels, including negotiations with the Taliban, while cooperating closely with the United States, Qatar and other parties.