All broadcasters reported extensively on Prime Minister Kishida’s news conference this morning in which he announced Japan’s plan to impose additional sanctions on Russia in coordination with G7 partners. At the outset, he denounced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as an attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force and a clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and international law, adding that Japan can never accept the move because it undermines the foundation of the international order. The new measures include freezing the assets of Russian individuals and entities and suspending the issuance of visas to them as well as freezing the assets of Russian financial institutions. Japan will also impose sanctions on exports of semiconductors and other general-purpose products to Russian military-related organizations.
The premier added that the government will make utmost efforts to ensure the safety of Japanese nationals in Ukraine, including support for their evacuation to Poland and beyond. Kishida also stressed that he will continue diplomatic efforts in coordination with the G7 partners. Expressing the view that the current crisis is unlikely to have an immediate and major impact on energy supplies in Japan, Kishida stated that the government will make maximum efforts to ensure stable energy supplies in the country.
Kishida’s announcement came hours after the G7 leaders’ emergency videoconference in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The GOJ convened a National Security Council meeting this morning ahead of Kishida’s announcement of the additional sanctions.