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Japan to slap new sanctions on Russia defense officials

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Why not? If there was ever the tiniest chance of the Russians making a concession regarding the islands north of Hokkaido, it's now gone. The chance of Japan regaining control of the South Korean occupied island is also now pretty much gone while the Chinese claims on the islands south of Okinawa have drastically strengthened.

One day some decision makers in Tokyo are going to start asking if being USA's dog is beneficial to Japan.

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Funny

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Will these countries end up keeping the assets they freeze? Confiscating and selling Iranian oil and keeping Afghanistan assets are examples, but how about in this case in asphyxiating Russia’s economy?

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quercetum:

Will these countries end up keeping the assets they freeze?

The UK has found out that, in the end, you HAVE to pay back what you stole (even if it was over 40 years ago). Talking about Iran.

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Imposing yet more sanctions on a country Japan is reliant on for resources.

Really dumb move !

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What is Japan going to do when they need resources from Russia like rear earth materials, rare gases etc, that are hard to find elsewhere. What if there is a worlwide shortage of things like wheat, buckwheat etc. which is starting to happen now. Unfriendly nations won't be getting any of it. For all those who demonize Russis, learn the history and the broken agreements by Ukraine. By the way, the United Nations has confirmed that there is no legal Ukraine as a separate country as the borders were never ratified. Ukraine is a part of Russia.

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The more sanctions the better! Make it hurt!

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Not just the officials, but their family members abroad. Personal sanctions have very little affect if they never leave Russia. They only feel the sanctions when they attempt to interact with the outside world. The family members abroad would most certainly feel it.

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vim.M, what's your point?

Are you saying that it's ok to murder Ukraine civilians because we may need to buy Russian fuel?

Sounds like that's what your saying.

Personally, I think murdering innocent people is wrong.

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All Russian MPs at State Duma is also subject to sanction measures as they urged and eventually approved the independence of breakaway regions in Donbas. That paved the way for vindication of armed conflicts. They are already war-criminals.

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These sanctions mean little to nothing when everyone still buying Russian oil.

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The sanctions will not stop the war, and will not save lives.

NATO needs to attack militarily. Otherwise, just ignore the situation and focus on domestic matters.

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Good, the more the better, now boost alternative energy sources and wean yourselves off Russian and eventually all fossil fuels.

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What is Japan going to do when they need resources from Russia like rear earth materials, rare gases etc, that are hard to find elsewhere. 

Japan actually has an abundance of rare earth minerals sitting offshore in Japan's EEZ of Minamitori Island, enough to supply the whole world's needs for centuries. Rare earth minerals are really not rare. The deserts of the US have large amounts of these minerals. The only reason China currently dominates the trade is that they deliberately undercut the price of every other nation producing them and put all the other mines out of business. The minerals are there in abundance, but China's lower cost makes every other nation's mines uncompetitive.

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The sanctions will not stop the war, and will not save lives.

NATO needs to attack militarily. Otherwise, just ignore the situation and focus on domestic matters.

Unless Russia uses nuclear weapons on the Ukrainians I do not see direct NATO involvement happening. Russia is trying to invade a nation of 40 million people with a force of about 150,000 front line combat troops plus another 50,000 or so providing air and logistics support. Russia produces about 30-35 new tanks per year. They have lost over a hundred and hundreds more armored vehicles and trucks have been destroyed. Russian industry cannot replace those losses. They have committed 150 out of 170 total Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) in their army. The number of dead Russian soldiers is equivalent to the manpower of 7 or 8 BCTs. Russia has about 4,000 to 5,000 trained reserves, meaning reserve manpower that trains regularly like the reserves of the NATO nations or the National Guard in the US. Their losses thus far are greater than the number of trained reserves available to replace their losses. The rest of the Russian Army reserve are former conscripts who haven't touched a gun since the end of their conscription, which could be ten years ago. Many if not most by now will be married with families, overweight, have medical conditions and be in no shape to fight a war. By comparison the US and NATO allies can fully replace Ukrainian equipment losses and ammo expenditures except maybe aircraft (and don't be surprised if some Polish MiGs find their way into Ukraine in the dark of the night between satellite passes (no, those low orbit spy satellites with the good cameras do not sit in high geosynchronous orbits, they pass by every 45 minutes or so and are completely predictable). Russia is in a bind. Their advance has been stopped in most places and reversed recently in a couple of places. They don't have air superiority, they have to fire missiles at Ukraine from inside Russia but dare not come into Ukraine to provide close air support. The Czechs and some other former Warsaw Pact members now NATO allies are sending longer range S-300 systems to Ukraine to supplement their own, along with spare missiles. They are sending their old Russian made air to air and air to surface missiles to Ukraine for their air force. The US is sending more Javelins to Ukraine than Russia has tanks. Thousands more from other NATO nations and Sweden (5000 just from Sweden). The Russians can only wish they had that kind of supply support. Sending NATO forces into that war guarantees a nuclear war and tens if not hundreds of millions dead. Unless the Russians use nuclear weapons first there is no compelling argument for NATO to intervene directly. Just pray Mr. Putin doesn't grow so desperate he decides to employ nukes because once he does an awful lot of us here are going to be dead.

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These sanctions mean little to nothing when everyone still buying Russian oil.

Russian oil shipments are down 30% compared to January. They are reducing the price per barrel dramatically to attract buyers so far unsuccessfully.

On top of the sanctions shipping lines independent of any government restriction are refusing to send their ships to any Russian port on any coast for any product. Brokers are refusing to deal with Russian oil companies and banks are refusing to lend money to buy Russian oil. The dock workers in some nations are refusing to unload anything from Russia even if the load is legal.

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@Vic.M

By the way, the United Nations has confirmed that there is no legal Ukraine as a separate country as the borders were never ratified. Ukraine is a part of Russia.

nonsense

Ukraine declared independence in 1991 and sovereignty was even recognized by Russia at the time. It is recognized as a sovereign state internationally and is a full member of the UN. I would suggest YOU read the history of the documents!

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Tokyo-m: "On the one hand Japan puts sanctions on Russia, but with the other hand Japan is busy buying Russian gas, and operating cigarette factories in Russia, providing taxes directly to Putin's war machine."

AND they just reversed their ban on imports from Russia's fisheries, citing an interruption in Japanese lifestyle, like kani-tours. Ukrainian lives are only so important, and certainly not enough to stop people from shoveling crab into their mouths as fast as they can for an hour or two.

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Russian oil shipments are down 30% compared to January. They are reducing the price per barrel dramatically to attract buyers so far unsuccessfully.

A 20% discount on prices which have risen over 40% this year. I don't think they are overly concerned.

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A 20% discount on prices which have risen over 40% this year. I don't think they are overly concerned.

Russia is losing all revenue from the 30% of their oil deliveries that are not being made and are losing 20% off the price of the remaining oil they are able to sell, a 44% reduction in revenues overall.

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Forcing a giant to the wall is not a good choice.

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Forcing a giant to the wall is not a good choice.

Timidity in the face of such aggression is an even worse choice. Learn the lessons of what led up to WWII. Nations didn't challenge Japan and Germany until it was too late.

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