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Ukraine war

Japan to impose sanctions on Russia amid Ukraine crisis: Kishida

Prime minister urges Moscow to return to diplomacy to break impasse

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announces the imposition of sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, at his residence in Tokyo on Feb. 23. (Kyodo via Reuters) 

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan will implement a set of economic sanctions against Russia and two pro-Russian separatist regions in eastern Ukraine after Moscow ordered troops to be deployed there, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday.

The government will suspend visa issuance for officials from the two regions and freeze their assets. It will ban exports to and imports from the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk as well as the issuance and trading of new Russian sovereign bonds in Japan, Kishida said.

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