New Japanese sanctions against Russia to begin

Fresh Japanese sanctions against Russia will come into force today. The ban introduces export controls on almost a hundred dual-use

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Japanese sanctions creating export controls into Russia on items including radioactive materials, tear gas and more will come into effect today – Photo: Azer News

Fresh Japanese sanctions against Russia will come into force today.

The ban introduces export controls on almost a hundred dual-use goods into Russia, including radioactive materials, chemicals such as tear gas and equipment for oil and gas prospecting.

Despite multiple rounds of sanctions, Japan remains dependent on Russian energy imports, particularly liquified natural gas (LNG). A lack of ready alternative suppliers and high global energy prices have contributed to a 35% growth in total Russian energy imports since 2021. In response, Japan has begun to set up strategic LNG reserves and has sought to increase energy imports from Brunei and the U.S.

Despite the inclusion of oil and gas equipment in the new sanctions, Russian energy imports into Japan will likely remain stable in the short term due to Japanese concerns over energy security, affected by oil and LNG shortages. Nevertheless, Russian energy imports will likely decrease in the medium term and may stop altogether since Japan’s outreach attempts to Brunei and the U.S. will likely succeed. Japan will likely further diversify its energy export partners in the coming decade in order to increase its long-term energy security and to facilitate trade in other goods with those partners.