Japan offers support for Ukraine's economic recovery

Japan has offered Ukraine support for its economic recovery as the Eastern European country fights to repel Russia's invasion.

Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi met with Ukraine's First Deputy Prime Minister Yulia Svyrydenko in Germany on Wednesday.

This comes before Nishimura attends a Group of Seven trade ministers meeting that is to open on Thursday. Topics at the meeting include ways to assist Ukraine's economic recovery.

In talks with Svyrydenko, Nishimura said his government will help Ukraine restore infrastructure and other items in line with local needs. He added that the government will call on Japanese firms to participate in that assistance.

He also said the Japan External Trade Organization will set up a special team to support exports by Ukrainian companies.

The Japanese side said Svyrydenko welcomed its offer and that the countries agreed to discuss details of the assistance.

After the talks Nishimura told reporters that Japan will also cooperate with other G7 members to support Ukraine.