The sanctions envisage temporary termination of issuing entry visas for 23 officials of Russian official agencies and other people //
Japan will suspend visas for 23 Russian nationals as part of fresh sanctions in response to the Ukraine crisis.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida made the announcement.
It follows an agreement on Saturday by the leaders of the Group of Seven nations to impose additional sanctions.
Kishida said on Tuesday that the individuals targeted include government officials.
He said Japan will withhold visas for those named for the time being.
The people are suspected of involvement in activities that undermine Ukraine's sovereignty.
Kishida called on Russia to exercise restraint and act responsibly, to help bring about a peaceful end to the crisis.
"Japan expresses serious concern that Russian moves to violate Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, including the annexation of Crimea, are continuing," Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said in a statement.
The new U.S. sanctions target the likes of Putin's friend Igor Sechin, the head of oil giant Rosneft, with visa bans and asset freezes.
Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on the Sanctions
against Russia over the situation in Ukraine
1. Japan expresses grave concern for Russia’s continuous actions which violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, such as the annexation of Crimea, and the fact that no improvement has been made in the situation despite the Geneva accord on April 17. Taking these circumstances into serious consideration, the G7, including Japan, agreed to move swiftly to impose additional sanctions on Russia, as stated in the G7 Leaders’ Statement dated April 26.
2. From this point of view, Japan has decided to stop issuing visas to enter Japan to a total of 23 individuals who are considered to have contributed to the violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity for the time being.
3. Japan calls on all the parties concerned to behave in a cautious manner with self-restraint and responsibility, and sincerely hopes that the situation in Ukraine will be normalized through diplomatic dialogues, and particularly that the Ukrainian presidential election in May will take place successfully.
4. Japan will also continue to play a proactive role for diplomatic solution of the issues surrounding Ukraine, through Japan’s efforts including assistance to Council of Europe (CoE) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) up to 800,000 euros, which Japan recently decided to extend.