Japan Donates ¥2bn ($17m) To Ukraine’s Relief Fund

  • Exxon Mobil, Boeing exit Russia
Head of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (left), Kenta Izumi with Ukraine’s Ambassador to Japan, Sergiy Korsunsky

The people of Japan have donated ¥2 billion ($17 million) to a relief fund for Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian embassy in Tokyo.

The embassy said in a tweet that so far more than 60,000 people had contributed.

The Kyodo news agency quoted the Ukrainian ambassador, Sergiy Korsunsky, as thanking the Japanese public at a meeting with Kenta Izumi, who leads Japan’s main opposition party.

Meanwhile, the Rakuten e-commerce group has raised ¥1.4 billion for its Ukraine humanitarian fund. Among the donors is Yoshiki, leader of the rock band X Japan, who said he had contributed ¥10 million.

Also, Rakuten’s chief executive, Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani, donated ¥1 billion to the Ukrainian government at the weekend, describing the “unjustified” Russian invasion as a “challenge to democracy”.

In other developments, Japan early on Wednesday announced that it would temporarily close its embassy in Kyiv as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine escalates.

Exxon Mobil Exits Russia

Exxon Mobil has concluded plans to exit Russia oil and gas operations valued at more than $4 billion and halt new investments as a result of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

The decision will see Exxon pull out of managing large oil and gas production facilities on Sakhalin Island in Russia’s Far East, and puts the fate of a proposed multi-billion dollar liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility there in doubt, Reuters reports.

“We deplore Russia’s military action that violates the territorial integrity of Ukraine and endangers its people,” the company said in a statement critical of the intensifying military attacks.

Boeing Dumps Russian Partners

Also reacting to current developments in Ukraine, one of the world’s largest aerospace manufacturers, Boeing has announced the cutting of ties with its Russian partners.

The US airplane maker said it would suspend all major operations in Moscow and will no longer provide technical support or maintenance, or parts, for Russian aircraft. – With Agencies’ reports

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