Japan announces sanctions on Russia

NHK -- Feb 23
Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has announced sanctions against Russia for its unilateral recognition of the independence of two regions in eastern Ukraine.

Kishida met reporters on Wednesday after discussing the issue with his chief and deputy chief cabinet secretaries.

Kishida said Japan will suspend the issuance of visas and freeze the assets of individuals linked to the pro-Russian regions, and impose a ban on trade.

The issuance and circulation of new Russian sovereign bonds will also be prohibited in Japan.

The prime minister condemned Russia's actions, saying they infringe on Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and violate international law.

He urged Russia to return to the diplomatic process, adding that Japan will continue to closely monitor the increasingly tense situation.

Kishida also said his government will do its utmost to secure the safety of Japanese citizens in Ukraine.

The prime minister said that if the situation further deteriorates, Japan will need to swiftly consider additional measures in coordination with other Group of Seven nations and the international community.

He said his government will closely communicate and share information with the United States and Europe.

岸田首相は、ロシアのプーチン大統領が、ウクライナ東部の親ロシア派武装勢力を独立国家として承認したことなどを受けた、制裁措置を発表した。 - FNNプライムオンライン