A motorcyclist waves his support as French troops in two armored personnel carriers drive through Mali's capital Bamako on the road to Mopti.

Tokyo -

Japan said on Wednesday it would close its embassy in Mali because of the worsening security situation in the war-torn country.

“Japan will temporarily close the embassy in Mali due to the worsening security in the country, including in the capital of Bamako. The staff will continue the operation in the embassy in France,” a foreign ministry statement said. - Sapa-AFP