On 20 August, a senior US Treasury official announced that the foreign policies of US and Japanese governments are “completely unified” over the need to impose sanctions on Russia in relation to the ongoing Ukrainian crisis.

Reuters reported that the same official stated further, “[T]he U.S. government has no concern that Japanese banks and companies would try to take advantage of loopholes in sanctions to provide Russian companies with funding.”

On 28 July, Japan pledged to: freeze assets in Japan of persons considered to be directly involved in the destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine; align itself with the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development’s decision to suspend any new investments in Russia; and introduce restrictive measures with regards to imports from Eastern Ukraine.

Reuters Article

Statement by Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs