Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio announced sanctions against Russia for its unilateral recognition of the independence of two regions in eastern Ukraine.
Kishida met with reporters on Wednesday after discussing the issue with his chief and deputy cabinet secretaries.
Kishida said Japan would suspend visa issuance and freeze the assets of individuals linked to pro-Russian regions, and impose a trade ban.
The issuance and circulation of new Russian sovereign bonds will also be prohibited in Japan.
The prime minister condemned Russia’s actions, saying they undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and violate international law.
He urged Russia to resume the diplomatic process, adding that Japan would continue to closely monitor the increasingly tense situation.
Kishida also said his government would do everything possible to ensure the safety of Japanese citizens in Ukraine.
The prime minister said that if the situation deteriorates further, Japan should quickly consider additional measures in coordination with other Group of Seven countries and the international community.
He said his government would communicate closely and share information with the United States and Europe.