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Kishida eyes Southeast Asia tour to drum up Russia sanctions support

Indonesia, Thailand possible stops to bridge divide with West on war response

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida looks to leverage Japan's unique position as the only Asian member of the Group of Seven industrial nations. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is considering trips to Indonesia and other Southeast Asian nations this month, Nikkei has learned, seeking to narrow a rift between the region and the U.S. and Europe on sanctions against Russia.

Asian nations have been reluctant to impose aggressive penalties on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine. Kishida hopes dialogue with leaders will help ease their security anxiety over breaking with Moscow and Beijing and pave the way for a more united response against the invasion. 

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