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Ukraine war

Anticipating retaliation, Japan scrambles to review Russian imports

Tokyo expects Moscow to freeze shipments of energy and chipmaking materials

Russia and Ukraine export neon and other noble gases used to make semiconductors and related materials. (Photo courtesy of Disco)

TOKYO -- From chipmaking materials to energy, Japan this month launched efforts to identify critical imports from Russia and make contingency plans for potential disruptions to its supply chains as Moscow is expected to halt shipments in retaliation against economic sanctions.

Japanese imports from Russia totaled $10.7 billion in 2020. Though liquefied natural gas and nonferrous metals accounted for much of the shipments, items that account for a much smaller portion of the pie could still have major implications for Japanese industry.

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