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From Toyota to JT, corporate Japan pulls staff out of Russia

Evacuations pick up steam as weak ruble and blocked credit cards disrupt daily life

An Aeroflot flight takes off. Though more companies are evacuating employees from Russia, many airlines, including the Russian flag carrier, are suspending service to and from the country.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese companies operating in Russia have begun evacuating employees and their families as the Japanese government on Monday raised its alert level for the country, urging nationals to consider leaving and warning against new travel there for any reason.

Toyota Motor had as of Monday instructed all 26 Japanese employees in Russia and their families to return to Japan. Those based in St. Petersburg and Moscow are already believed to have begun evacuating. The automaker suspended operations at its St. Petersburg plant Friday, citing supply chain disruptions.

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