Japan bans Russian coal imports
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held a news conference on Friday in which he announced the expulsion of eight Russian diplomats and a total ban on Russian coal imports.
"Russia has repeatedly violated international humanitarian law by killing civilians and attacking nuclear power plants. These are unforgivable war crimes," Kishida told reporters.
Japan has been continuing to levy sanctions against Russia in coordination with the US and European countries.
"Japan stands together with Ukraine," Kishida said. Japan is the world's third-largest importer of coal after India and China. Russia accounts for 11% of Japan's coal imports.