Following Tokyo’s decision to join international sanctions on Russia over its military campaign in Ukraine, Russia announced Wednesday that several dozen Japanese officials, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, have been denied entrance.
In a statement, the foreign ministry stated, “the government of F. Kishida initiated an unprecedented anti-Russian campaign (and) enables intolerable speech against the Russian Federation, including slander and outright threats.”
“It is echoed by public figures, experts, representatives of Japanese media, who are completely engaged by the attitudes of the West towards our country,” the ministry added.
It accused Tokyo of taking “practical steps aimed at dismantling good neighborly ties, damaging the Russian economy and the international prestige of the country.”
The ministry said it was “indefinitely” banning from Russia 63 Japanese citizens, including the prime minister, cabinet members, lawmakers, journalists and professors.