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Japan Sanctions 40 Russians, Two Companies

The Japanese government has approved adding 40 individuals and two companies to its Russia sanctions list.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet agreed in Tokyo on August 5 to the additional sanctions in line with moves made by the members of the Group of Seven (G7) last week in response to Russia's support for separatists in Ukraine.

A government statement said "assets held in Japan by those directly involved in Russia's annexation of Crimea or the instability in eastern Ukraine will be frozen."

It added that Japan will also "limit imports of Crimea-made products."

The names of the people, companies, and goods that fall under the new group of sanctions were not disclosed.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS, Kyodo, and "The Washington Post"

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