17 Japanese nationals leave riot-hit New Caledonia

Seventeen more Japanese nationals have left the French territory of New Caledonia amid unrest triggered by riots. The Foreign Ministry says all the Japanese who were on a short-term visit to the territory in the South Pacific that wanted to leave have already departed.

The ministry says the 17 people left by air as arranged by the French government on Sunday. They arrived in Singapore the next day.

The unrest by some indigenous people and others who seek independence from France erupted in and around the major New Caledonian city of Noumea in mid-May.

The French government has declared a state of emergency for the territory to deal with the situation.

Four Japanese nationals left last Tuesday and 38 more departed the following day.