‘Defending the country’: The Japanese volunteer fighting in Ukraine

Yuya Motomura (right) with another volunteer in Ukraine. © AFP

Thousands of volunteers from dozens of nations have joined Ukraine’s military since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022, but only a handful are from Japan – a country that has adhered to the principle of national pacifism since the end of World War II. But Yuya Motomura, a 45-year-old mahjong parlour manager, is among the few heading to the front lines.

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