Japan urges Egypt to form `democratic government`

Protests raged in Egypt for 8th day as 470 Japanese flew home from Cairo.

Tokyo: Japan`s Prime Minister Naoto Kan
called on Cairo on Tuesday to form a "democratic government" as
several hundred thousand Egyptians massed in an eighth day of
protest against President Hosni Mubarak.

"It is desirable that Egypt will undergo a transition
to a democratic government in a peaceful manner by
communicating fully with the people," Kan told reporters.

Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara said he wanted the
Mubarak government to listen to the Egyptian people and make
"maximum efforts to create a democratic and stable

"Stability in Egypt is extremly important for
stability in the region and peace in the Middle East," Maehara
told a news conference.

Anti-government protests raged in Egypt for the eighth
day today as some 470 Japanese were flying home from Cairo on
three government-charted planes.

Japan`s Nissan Motor on Sunday halted its production
in Egypt for at least this week due to the deepening turmoil
in the country.

Although Japan is not a major trading partner or donor
to Egypt, it maintains good relations with the African
country, according to the Japanese foreign ministry`s website.

Mubarak has visited Japan four times as president and
Japan`s then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Egypt in 2007.


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