Tuesday’s Yomiuri gave top play to a report that the GOJ is considering joining the U.S.-led initiative to restrict exports of semiconductors, AI, and other high-tech items to Russia in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. The paper said the GOJ has decided it needs to act in unison with the other G7 nations and join the anti-Russia coalition if Russia rejects calls for easing tensions. The daily said that although Japan only restricted exports of weapons and goods that could be diverted to military use to Russia when it annexed Crimea in 2014, the GOJ is considering imposing tougher sanctions this time by restricting exports of not only weapons and military-related goods but also high-tech items that are used in commercial-off-the-shelf products. In addition, the paper said the GOJ may also impose tougher financial sanctions than the ones imposed in 2014. Meanwhile, the daily said that like other G7 members, Japan is cautious about imposing energy-related sanctions out of concern that Russia will cut off its supply of LNG.