Japan’s cabinet agreed on April 12 to freeze the assets of 398 Russian individuals, including two daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as part of its new sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.
This round of sanctions includes freezing the assets of Putin’s daughters, Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova, as well as those of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s wife, bringing the total number of Russian individuals sanctioned by Japan to 499.
“To prevent a further escalation of the crisis, realize a cease-fire as soon as possible and stop the Russian invasion of Ukraine, our country must impose tough sanctions against Moscow while working with the international community,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said.
Japan has also decided to ban imports of Russian alcoholic beverages, including vodka, as well as machinery and lumber products, beginning on April 19, with a total of 38 goods being subjected to the ban.
Commenting on Russian coal imports, Industry Minister Koichi Hagiuda said Japan “will carefully assess electricity demand for the summer and winter, as well as the influence on industries.”
Japan’s Mitsui and Mitsubishi hold 12.5 and 10.5 percent stakes in the Sakhalin-2 project, respectively, while Russia’s state-run Gazprom PJSC owns 50 percent. Shell, which holds a 27.5 percent stake, exited the project in response to the war in Ukraine.