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Japan's finance chief did not join Russia walkout at G-20 meeting

Suzuki says he condemned Moscow in 'strongest possible terms'

Japan's Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki, left, and Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda face the issue of a depreciating yen. (File photos by Reuters and Yoichi Iwata)

TOKYO -- Japan's finance minister denounced Russia's invasion of Ukraine but did not join Western peers in walking out when the Russian delegation began to speak at a Group of 20 meeting in Washington.

Speaking alongside Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda after the meeting on Thursday, Shunichi Suzuki said he had told G-20 counterparts that the war was a "a clear violation of international law."

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