Kan world | Japan should the United States sanctions Russia, a number of programs in a dilemma

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Qilu Evening News · Qilu Point reporter Zhao Shifeng due to the increasing tension in Ukraine, the Japanese government began to officially discuss the issue of sanctions against Russia in the event of Russia’s attack on Ukraine on The 14th.The United States has asked Japan to discuss concrete measures to impose economic sanctions on Russia, according to multiple Diplomatic sources from Japan and the United States on Tuesday.Fumio Kishida (center) attends a high-level meeting of his Liberal Democratic Party and says he is coordinating sanctions with the U.S. and Europe.Fumio Kishida, Prime minister, told a senior meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party that the content of the sanctions was being co-ordinated with the US and Europe.Kyodo News agency reported that the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will prepare a number of sanctions, including export restrictions on Russia and asset freezes.The export restrictions are expected to include High-tech products from Japan, and the subject of the asset freeze could include Russian entities and individuals.Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi called on Ukrainian citizens to evacuate as soon as possible during his visit to Hawaii, the United States on Tuesday. The Japanese Foreign Ministry has raised its risk information level to “level 4”, that is, “advise evacuation”.Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) on November 11.Analysts have pointed out that Japan has always been in a dilemma when it comes to cooperating with the United States in its global actions, often using the way of “giving money but not contributing”.Japan is particularly uncomfortable this time as it is caught between Russia and the U.S. If it expresses its intention to impose sanctions on The two countries, it is likely that the already stalled japan-Russia relations, including the territorial dispute over the four northern islands (south Kuril Islands in Russia), will deteriorate further.On the other hand, the Kishida administration has been seeking biden’s visit to Japan as soon as possible through diplomatic coordination.But the test will be to what extent Japan, as a member of the Group of Seven leading economies, can move in unison with Washington on Russia.Kishida said in a video meeting with Biden on January 21 that he would continue to coordinate with the U.S. and other countries “to take strong action.”According to diplomatic sources in Japan and the U.S., the U.S. sent a message to Japan through diplomatic channels that it cannot ignore the movement of The Russian military and urged Japan to intensify its criticism of Russia.Russian Ambassador to Japan Igor Galuzhin criticized the U.S. and Europe’s plan to impose additional sanctions on Russia at a press conference on Tuesday, calling the threat of sanctions “violence” and urging Japan not to follow suit.Meanwhile, Russia is holding a 20-day military drill in the waters around the four Northern islands from Monday, in a bid to intimidate Japan.A Japanese government official said that it would be better for Japan to keep its distance from the U.S. and Europe on sanctions against Russia and not show its intention for the time being.When Crimea held a referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia in 2014, Japan decided to impose sanctions on Russia later than the United States and restricted the import of Products from Crimea.On February 9, Fumio Kishida gave a media interview and announced that he would supply LIQUEFIED natural gas to Europe.However, Japan cannot help but show some respect to the United States.At the request of the United States, the Kishida government decided on September 9 to provide liquefied natural gas to Europe.Kishida said On Tuesday that it would supply surplus LNG to Europe starting in March on the premise of stable domestic supply.Meti asked companies to co-operate, but did not say how much.Several transports are already on their way to Europe and are expected to arrive this month.Japan imports all of its LIQUEFIED natural gas for power generation and urban living, which accounts for about 40% of the country’s electricity supply, so the amount of LNG it can supply to Europe is limited.Moreover, a large portion of Japan’s LNG imports come from Russia, so following the LEAD of the United States will inevitably affect japan-Russia relations, and Japan cannot afford not to consider the political risk and economic pressure of such a move.Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Koichi Hagiuda (left) and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Raymond Mundo hold tariff talks in Tokyo in November 2021.To further woo Japan, the Biden administration also had to make some concessions.The White House announced on Monday that it will partially exempt Japan from additional tariffs in the form of a new tariff-free import quota.Starting from April, the import quota of steel from Japan will be exempted, and the additional tariffs will be cancelled within the quota of 1.25 million tons.But the additional tariffs on aluminum products remain unchanged.Since 2018, the Trump administration has imposed 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum, citing increased imports of foreign products as a threat to U.S. security.Japan’s steel exports to the U.S. fell to 720,000 tons in 2020 from 1.73 million tons in 2017.Koichi Hagiuda, Japan’s minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, made a strong appeal to the US side for the complete lifting of additional tariffs at a press conference after a cabinet meeting on August 8.In October, the US and EU countries agreed to end punitive tariffs on up to $10bn of goods from both sides, exempting some EU steel and aluminium products from tariffs when exported to the US.The US has clearly “left one hand open” by withholding additional 10 per cent tariffs on Japanese aluminium products.Whether and when it does so may depend on whether Japan heeds THE U.S. on Ukraine.