15 Dec 2023 10:55

Japan imposes export restrictions on another 57 Russian companies

TOKYO. Dec 15 (Interfax) - Japan has introduced export restrictions on 57 Russian companies and has imposed sanctions, including asset freezes, on 35 individuals and 47 organizations from Russia, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a statement.

The list of entities targeted by the new sanctions includes Urals Civil Aviation Plant, Elektropribor Scientific Research Center, Bryansk Automobile Plant, Motovilikha Plants, Kurganmashzavod, Khabarovsk Ship Building Plant, the Vostochnaya Verf shipyard, Burevestnik Scientific Research Center, 150-1 Aircraft Repair Plant, Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems, and other organizations.

The latest additions bring the number of Russian companies subject to Japanese export restrictions to 494, the ministry said. The sanctions against the aforementioned 57 companies enter into force on December 22.

Apart from the Russian companies, the new export restrictions also target two companies from the United Arab Emirates, one from Armenia, one from Syria and two from Uzbekistan.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry, in turn, has announced sanctions against 35 Russian citizens and 43 organizations whose assets, if found, will be frozen. These sanctions target, among others, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova, Deputy Defense Minister Tatyana Shevtsova, Russian Ground Forces Main Staff Chief Alexander Lapin, Col. Gen. Sergei Kuzovlev, Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, Col. Gen. Yevgeny Nikiforov, and others.

The 43 organizations whose assets will be frozen if found include the Young Army movement, NPO Lavochkin, Russian Space Systems Holding, Vector Scientific Research Center, the Russian Academy of Sciences' Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, and others.

Japan will also ban the import of Russian diamonds for non-industrial use from January 1, 2024, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.