/ Feb 19, 2016

Japan's Cabinet authorizes fresh sanctions on North Korea

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved Friday new sanctions by Japan against North Korea in response to its rocket launch and fourth nuclear test. The steps approved included the ban on entry of all North Korean-registered ships into Japan and of third-country ships ...

/ Aug 15, 2014

Japan imposes asset freeze on North Korean shipping firm

The government on Friday froze the assets of the operator of a North Korean ship seized for smuggling arms, the Foreign Ministry announced, just as Tokyo is engaged in talks with Pyongyang to return Japanese citizens kidnapped decades ago by North Korean agents. The sanction ...

/ Mar 7, 2014

Suga mum on Ukraine sanctions for Russia

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined comment if Tokyo will impose economic sanctions against Russia over its deployment of troops on Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula, only saying Tokyo will "properly deal with the situation by closely consulting with relevant countries." The United States, Japan's sole military ...

/ Sep 7, 2013

U.S. oil sanctions waiver extended

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Japan has again qualified for an exemption from Washington's sanctions against Iran, citing "additional significant reductions" in Tokyo's crude oil imports from Tehran. Kerry said Friday that 10 European Union countries, including Britain, France and Germany, have ...