Japan will ban exports of chemical weapons-related goods to Russia in an additional sanction against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on Monday.
Matsuno did not specify when the ban will take effect or provide the list of banned items.
"Japan is also deeply concerned about the possibility of the use of nuclear weapons in Russia's recent invasion of Ukraine. As the only country to have ever suffered atomic bombings in war, I would like to strongly advocate that Russia should not threaten or even use nuclear weapons," Matsuno said during a press conference on Monday.
Past actions: In August, the Japanese government held a meeting of relevant ministers and confirmed it will continue to work with the G7 and other related countries to impose sanctions against Russia and provide assistance to Ukraine.
Since March, Japan has introduced a series of sanctions against Russia, including freezing the assets of President Putin and his family members in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Kremlin has responded by imposing its own sanctions on Japan, including the entry ban of Japanese officials including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to the country.