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Japan starts banning exports of 57 items to Russia, Belarus today

  • March 18, 2022
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NHK reported that Japan imposed a ban today on exports of 57 general-purpose products to Russia as part of its additional sanctions on the nation. The 57 items are products used for a wide range of industrial purposes, including high-power diesel engines for trucks and tractors, semiconductors for control systems for industrial machinery, equipment to produce semiconductors, communication equipment, and sensors. This export ban also applies to Belarus. The network said Japan banned exports of more than 230 military-use products, including machine tools and carbon fiber, after the nation’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and decided to expand the ban to include 57 general-purpose products in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The broadcaster speculated that the government is hoping to apply pressure on Russia and Belarus by inflicting damage on their military industries.

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