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Asia needs unity on Russia, and Japan should take the lead

Reckless violence cannot be allowed to spill over to East Asia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in New Delhi on March 19. (Photo courtesy of the Japanese Prime Minister's Office)

After a recent summit in New Delhi, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said they opposed the use of force to solve disputes and "any attempt to unilaterally change [the] status quo."

Their joint statement did not mention Russia by name, but it is clear who the words point to. As the international community accelerates diplomatic efforts to press Russia to end its invasion of Ukraine, Japan, too, must exercise leadership in aligning the Asian response.

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