"Japan only country in Asia to introduce sanctions against Russia," - ambassador

Japan will continue to further support Ukraine.

This was announced by Ambassador of Japan Shigeki Sumi as he spoke on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Japan recognizing Ukraine as an independent state, Censor.NET reports.

"Today, Dec. 28, Japan recognized the independence of Ukraine and, accordingly, recognized it as a state. I am genuinely happy with the development of bilateral relations between Ukraine and Japan over these 25 years. Especially so in the last three years after the events on Maidan (Revolution of Dignity), relations between Ukraine and Japan have been developing strongly. For the first time in the history of diplomatic relations between our countries, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Ukraine in 2015, while Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko paid a visit to Japan in 2016, as a result of which visits by other high-ranking officials of both countries were stepped up," the ambassador said.

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"Furthermore, taking into consideration the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia and the situation in the Donbas, Japan, in accordance with the principle of non-recognition of changes in the status quo through the use of force, became the only country in Asia to introduce sanctions against the Russian Federation. Furthermore, Japan recently supported the U.N. resolution on the human rights situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and in the city of Sevastopol, as a co-sponsor. In addition, aspiring to control the situation in Crimea and the Donbas, Japan is focusing its efforts on providing assistance through international organizations to internally displaced persons and to reconstruct the Donbas region. And even though Japan is not a member of the OSCE, it still makes a financial contribution to the organization and sends a personnel to the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine. An important priority for Japan is providing support for the implementation of reforms in Ukraine in areas such as finance, health care, fighting corruption and develop stable democracy," Shigeki Sumi added.

"Japan, as a member of G7, will continue to support Ukraine in future in its implementation of reforms. In addition, thanks to cultural exchange between our countries, we will make efforts to deepen mutual understanding between our peoples. The coming year of 2017 has been declared "Year of Japan in Ukraine". As the holding of many events in all corners of Ukraine are planned, I sincerely hope that you will get to feel Japan close up and to enjoy Japanese culture," the diplomat concluded.

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Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n421409