During a House of Representatives hearing on the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 25, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed Russia’s action foreshadows how China will deal with Taiwan, according to GKToday.
On Feb. 25, Abe Tweeted that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine poses a severe threat to the post-war world order and cannot be forgiven. Japan and other countries must collaborate with the G7 and take swift action.
Japanese media Sankei Shimbun mentioned Abe’s tweet from a meeting at the LDP headquarters on Feb. 24. He said, “This is a serious challenge to the international order that we have created since the end of World War II, and we cannot allow it.”
Abe said that if Russian forces were to conquer Ukraine, travel to its capital Kyiv, arrest the president, and install a new government, it must not be allowed to happen. Japan and the Group of Seven (G7) share common ideals such as democracy and the rule of law. With the G7 leaders’ video conference scheduled for the same evening, I trust that the G7 will thoroughly review the response and punishment for this issue. He stated that Japan could co-sponsor the UN Security Council draft resolution against Russia, even though it is a non-permanent member.
On April 25, The Kyodo News reported that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida gave additional economic penalties against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine at the Prime Minister’s Office meeting. The sanctions include:
- Freezing the assets of three Russian banks;
- Suspending the issuance of visas to Russian individuals and organizations;
- Restricting exports to Russian military-related organizations, items on a restricted list based on an international agreement for general-purpose products like semiconductors.