All national papers wrote today that Prime Minister Kishida announced to the press on Sunday evening that his administration has decided to sanction Russian President Putin and other senior officials to hold them accountable for the aggression against Ukraine. The premier also said Japan will take a concerted approach with the United States and Europe in excluding selected Russian financial institutions from the SWIFT global banking transaction mechanism. “In order to safeguard the foundation of the international order, we have to act resolutely in unison,” he was quoted as saying. “We will demonstrate that reckless acts come with high prices. Due to the invasion of Ukraine, the international community is no longer able to maintain relations with Russia in the same way as before. Japan will take even stronger sanction measures against Russia together with the G7 and the international community.” He added that Tokyo has also decided to provide Ukraine with $100 million in emergency humanitarian assistance.
According to the premier, his plan to hold a teleconference with the Ukrainian president earlier in the evening was canceled at the last minute due to the Ukrainian leader’s tight schedule. Sankei noted that some GOJ officials had voiced opposition to the proposal to freeze the assets of President Putin.