Kyodo News Digest: February 28, 2022

People protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 27, 2022 in Kyoto, western Japan. (Kyōdo) == Kyōdo

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Japanese gov’t, BOJ to craft ‘maximum costs’ sanction against Russia

TOKYO — The Japanese government and the Bank of Japan on Monday discussed crafting a financial sanction that will inflict “maximum costs” on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, a senior Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said. Finance.

The meeting came after Tokyo decided to join efforts by other Group of Seven members to block some Russian banks from a comprehensive international payment system known as SWIFT in response to Moscow’s aggression. .


Japan considers sanctions against Belarus over Russian invasion of Ukraine

TOKYO — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday that Japan is considering imposing sanctions on Belarus for its support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a move that would be in line with steps taken by the United States and ‘other countries.

“Belarus supports Russian military actions, and we strongly condemn it. We intend to reach a conclusion quickly” on the sanctions, Kishida told a session of the House of Councilors Budget Committee.


S. Korea’s ruling party presidential candidate ready to start talks with Japan

SEOUL — Lee Jae Myung, a candidate for the ruling Democratic Party in South Korea’s presidential election next week, has said he is ready to hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, if elected as the new leader , to remedy the soured relations of the two neighbors.

In a recent interview with Kyodo News, his first with Japanese media after becoming the official candidate last October, the former governor of Gyeonggi province said it was important to improve relations between South Korea and Japan not only for the people of the two countries, but also for the peace and stability of the Northeast Asian region.


Kishida says Japan won’t seek nuclear share with US

TOKYO — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday it was not acceptable for Japan to enter into a nuclear-sharing deal with the United States, rejecting the idea of ​​harboring American nuclear weapons as a deterrent against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Kishida told parliament: “This is unacceptable given our country’s position to uphold the three non-nuclear principles,” following a call the previous day by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss the option of nuclear sharing.


Tokyo-based Ukrainian singer prays for peace and safety for his family

TOKYO – Tokyo-based Ukrainian opera singer Oksana Stepanyuk prays for peace and safety for her family in her home country as it faces a Russian invasion.

“I wish I could run to my family and be with them,” the 44-year-old singer said after speaking to her mother on the phone. “I want this situation to end immediately.”


Japan’s industrial production in January fell 1.3% in one month

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s industrial production fell 1.3% in January from the previous month for the second consecutive month of decline due to disruptions in the supply of semiconductors and other parts amid the coronavirus pandemic, government data revealed on Monday.

The seasonally adjusted index of production in factories and mines stood at 95.2 compared to the 2015 base of 100, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a statement. a preliminary report. The result follows a 1.0% decline in December.


G-7 pledges cooperation on sanctions against Russia and support for Ukraine

TOKYO – Foreign ministers from the main developed countries of the Group of Seven pledged on Sunday to work together on new sanctions against Russia and support for Ukraine in response to the country’s invasion of Moscow. Eastern Europe, said the Japanese government.

Strongly condemning Russia’s aggression, G-7 foreign policy chiefs also stressed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity during their two-hour online meeting, according to the ministry. Japanese Foreign Affairs.


North Korea says it carried out a test for a reconnaissance satellite on February 27

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea carried out a development test of a reconnaissance satellite system on Sunday, state media reported on Monday following what neighboring countries described as a ballistic missile launch toward the Japanese sea.

The latest test of what appears to be military equipment suggests North Korea plans to take advantage of US attention on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to build up its weapons capability, some experts said. foreign Affairs.

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