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Opinion

Japan must go further in opposing Russian aggression

Tokyo should add further sanctions to help end the Ukraine war

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A tanker loads LNG from the Sakhalin-2 project at the port of Prigorodnoye, Russia, in October 2021: standing firm against Russia's aggression will have costs.   © AP

James D.J. Brown is associate professor of political science at Temple University, Japan Campus.

Japan's response to Russia's attack on Ukraine has been bold by its own timid standards. Yet, as the war enters its second month and Russian atrocities proliferate, Fumio Kishida's government must go further in punishing Vladimir Putin's aggression and offering support to Ukraine.

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