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Japan needs to update sanctions laws to face future challenges

Tokyo should align its policies with other G-7 nations

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Fumio Kishida announces Japan's decision to impose additional sanctions on Russia on April 8: Creating a Japanese version of Global Magnitsky-style sanctions would be a critical next step. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

Justyna Gudzowska is director of illicit finance policy at The Sentry, an investigative and policy organization that seeks to disable multinational predatory networks that benefit from violent conflict, repression and kleptocracy. Akira Igata is project lecturer at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo.

As the leaders of the Group of Seven nations meet in the Bavarian Alps this weekend, the brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine and resulting sanctions against Russia will no doubt dominate the discussion.

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