Japan bans exports of high-tech products to Russia


Japan announced on Friday that it would ban the export of state-of-the-art goods to Russia as an additional sanction against Moscow against the invasion of Ukraine.

According to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, a ban on the export of 14 high-tech products such as oil refiners, quantum computers, 3D printers and electron microscopes to Russia will come into effect on May 20.

Ministry Said This move is in line with the efforts of the international community to ensure world peace and the group’s commitment to ban the shipment of cutting-edge items to Russia.

This follows on Friday’s statement by Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, who called Russia “responsible for atrocities” in Ukraine and “totally unacceptable” for Moscow’s actions.

Prime Minister Hayashi met with Ukraine’s Dmytro Kuleba at the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Germany and agreed to help maintain sanctions against Russia, Kyodo News. report.

Kleber thanked Japan for deciding to impose an embargo on Russian oil “to refund Russian war machinery.”

On May 9, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced a freeze on the assets of an additional 140 individuals and a ban on the export of 70 additional military-related groups to Russia.

“We will continue to work with the respective G7 leaders to implement strict sanctions on Russia and further support Ukraine in various ways in the future,” he said at a press conference in London. ..

Fumio Kishida has promised to phase out Russia’s oil imports in parallel with the efforts of the G7 countries, but Japan’s plans to maintain its stake in Russia’s oil and gas projects have not changed. Said.

“We will take steps to phase out in a way that minimizes the negative impact on us. [Japanese] People’s lives and business activities, but our plans to maintain our interests [in the projects] It doesn’t change, “he told reporters.

Russia is Japan’s fifth largest supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Russia’s Sakhalin 2 oil and gas project is one of Japan’s major sources of LNG, with an annual production capacity of 9.6 million tons.

On April 12, the Japanese Cabinet agreed to freeze the assets of 398 Russians, including the two daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the daughter of the wife of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. This brings the total number of Russians approved by Japan to 499.

As a retaliation, Russia banned 63 Japanese, including Fumio Kishida and Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, from entering the country and put Japan on the “unfriendly” list. Russia has also suspended peace treaty negotiations with Japan.

Japan criticized Russia’s actions, arguing that it was Russia that caused the conflict in Ukraine and the current political situation.

Aldograph Redley


Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.