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On 10 July 2024, Osaka Prefectural Police arrested the representative director of a trading company on suspicion of violating the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Law for illegally exporting without government approval export-controlled items that are subject to sanctions against Russia (“Case”). This is the first arrest in Japan involving unauthorized exports to Russia after the invasion of Ukraine. In this alert, we provide an overview of Japan’s sanctions against Russia, the Japanese government’s response…

On 29 June 2024, the EU adopted a new Belarus sanctions package by amending Council Regulation (EU) 765/2006 (the “EU Belarus Sanctions“), effective from 1 July 2024. The amending regulation can be found here. The new package increases the alignment of the EU Belarus Sanctions with the EU’s sanctions against Russia (including those contained in Regulation (EU) 833/2014 (the “EU Russia Sanctions“), as recently updated), in order to address the risk of circumvention. The new…

On June 27, 2024, Canada announced the addition of seven individuals and five entities to the Special Economic Measures (Extremist Settler Violence) Regulations (the “Regulations”). The amended Regulations entered into force on June 24, 2024. The amended Regulations impose a dealings prohibition against the individuals and entities listed, effectively freezing any assets they hold in Canada. Specifically, the Regulations prohibit any person in Canada and any Canadian outside Canada from: dealing in any property, wherever…

On 21 June 2024, the Japanese government announced further sanctions against the Russian Federation under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act in line with measures taken by other major countries. This measure adds to the sanctions imposed in the previous round of sanctions announced on 24 May 2024. The new sanctions were taken based on the Cabinet Understanding entitled, “Asset freezes for individuals and entities of the Russian Federation and other measures as of…