Japan has decided to impose more sanctions on individuals and organizations judged to be directly involved in the instability in eastern Ukraine. This comes after pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine held elections last month to choose their own leaders.
The government will freeze assets in Japan held by the 26 individuals and 14 groups judged responsible for destabilizing Ukraine. Issuances of entry visas to Japan for these individuals will also be halted.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Tuesday that Japan will continue to work with the international community, including Group of 7 members, in seeking a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the situation in Ukraine.