Japan will strengthen sanctions against Russia, target banks

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Japan will strengthen sanctions against Russia to include financial institutions and military equipment exports, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday, following a similar move by Washington in retaliation after the invasion of Ukraine. Kishida told a news conference that Tokyo would take aim at Russian financial institutions and individuals with the sanctions, which would be imposed immediately, as well as halt exports of military-use goods such as semiconductors. Japan’s move came after Washington imposed new sanctions after Russian forces invaded Ukraine on Thursday in the biggest att…

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