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Japan imposes new sanctions against Russia

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The Japanese government, due to the situation in Ukraine, has imposed a ban on the export of a range of goods from Russia that contribute to strengthening its industrial base, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan.

Additional export restrictions will come into effect from April 17.

They will apply to the following goods:

  • mineral fuels, oils, and their distillates, bituminous substances, and mineral waxes;
  • inorganic chemicals, precious metals, and their inorganic or organic compounds (e.g., hydrogen chloride, aluminum hydroxide);
  • plastics and articles thereof (e.g., nitrocellulose);
  • steel products and parts thereof (e.g., pipeline type used for oil or gas transportation);
  • tungsten powder and molybdenum, cobalt, zirconium, and rhenium and products thereof;
  • articles of base metals;
  • boilers and machinery, their parts and accessories (e.g., electric hand tools, such as grinders, woodworking machines, corks, solid rubber, and solid plastic);
  • electrical equipment and its parts (e.g., lithium-ion battery, nickel-metal hydride battery);
  • yachts and other vessels for pleasure or sports, canoes, kayaks, light boats, fire-fighting vessels, crane ships, and other floating structures or submersible drilling or production platforms;
  • optical, photographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (e.g., microtome, thermostat).

In addition, from May 10, the import of diamonds from Russia will be prohibited.

Sanctions against Russia

In March, the European Union extended sanctions imposed against Russia for its war in Ukraine.

The National Resistance Center reported that Russian defense plants cannot produce the planned number of drones due to EU sanctions.

Russian company Novatek was forced to halt its massive Arctic LNG 2 project after Western sanctions restricted its access to ice-class tankers.

However, according to the NRC, Russian company Planar Tech, through its American counterpart Copper Mountain Technologies, bypasses Western sanctions and obtains contracts with the US defense industry and NASA.

Recently, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that Russian Kinzhal missiles contain at least 49 types of components that Russia does not produce, and the X-101 contains at least 53 types of such components. He called for expanding sanctions and ensuring accountability for schemes to circumvent them.