Japan to Phase Out Russian Coal Imports

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that Japan will phase out coal imports from Russia and will seek other suppliers amid growing sanctions on Moscow on Friday.

Koichi Hagiuda, Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan, said that Japan will look for alternative countries as coal suppliers to end coal imports from Russia.

“We will work further to reduce our dependency on Russia by pushing forward the diversification of energy sources, including renewables and nuclear power,” Hagiuda said.

Hagiuda vowed to cooperate with Russian sanctions without putting Japan’s industrial sector at risk.

Japan’s decision came a day after G7 foreign ministers harshly condemned Russia for its ‘atrocities’ in Ukraine.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will announce additional sanctions on Russia in a press conference on Friday evening, including details of the coal import restrictions.

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