Sunday’s Sankei wrote that it learned from multiple GOJ sources on Saturday that the government is studying the possibility of Japan imposing its own sanctions on Russia in the event of an invasion of Ukraine. According to the paper, a government taskforce involving the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economy, Trade and Industry as well as the Cabinet Office is discussing the possible measures.
The paper speculated that Tokyo has adopted a positive stance on the idea of sanctions on Russia based on the view that failing to take tough measures against an invasion of Ukraine would run counter to Japan’s foreign policy of maintaining the international order based on the rule of law. The paper also expressed the view that Tokyo needs to act in concert with the other G7 nations in dealing with the Ukraine situation to win European nations’ support for its opposition to China’s unilateral attempt to change the status quo over Taiwan and the Senkaku Islands in the Indo-Pacific. The paper noted that during a virtual summit with President Biden on Jan. 21, Prime Minister Kishida pledged to take “strong action” in response to an attack on Ukraine.