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Japan to employ chartered planes to rescue Japanese stranded in Egypt

01-31-2011 17:30 BJT

TOKYO, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government decided on Monday to employ chartered aircraft to rescue Japanese nationals in Egypt due to the ongoing unrest there, local media reported.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry's emergency task force endorsed a plan for the planes to make three round trips between Cairo and Rome on Monday to rescue Japanese stranded in Egypt following massive anti-government protests, Kyodo News reported.

About 1,600 Japanese were staying in Egypt as of Monday, according to the ministry.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said at a news conference that Japan would take additional measures to help the Japanese who could not be accommodated on the chartered planes.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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