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Friday, 23rd March 2012
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Japan closes Syrian embassy as violence continues

The Japanese foreign ministry announced this week that it will close its embassy in Syria as violence against anti-government campaigners continues.

Japan has already been operating its embassy out of a diplomatic facility in Jordan because of security concerns, but on Wednesday (March 21st) the ministry cited the brutal violence and deteriorating conditions as its motive for closing the embassy.

A foreign industry spokesperson said: "We have decided to temporarily close the Japanese embassy in Syria as of today due to worsening public safety conditions in Syria, including the capital Damascus," the AFP news agency quoted.

Japanese citizens have been advised not to travel to the conflict-torn nation, while numerous other countries have already suspended diplomatic operations in the Syrian capital.

Meanwhile, Syrian authorities have told Libya and Tunisia to close their embassies in Damascus after they informed Syrian diplomats they had to leave their respective capitals, Tunis and Tripoli.

Elsewhere, Japan's foreign minister Koichiro Gemba has announced plans to open new embassies around the world as it seeks to expand its diplomatic ties.

Written by Mark Smith