Japan imposes additional sanctions on Russia, Belarus and the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics

On March 3, 2022, the Japanese government announced additional sanctions against the Russia Federation, the Republic of Belarus and the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

The new restrictions include :

  • designations of further 18 individuals from the Russian Federation;
  • designations of four Russian banks (VTB Bank, Sovcombank, Novikombank and Otkritie);
  • designations of further 7 individuals and 2 entities from the Republic of Belarus; and
  • designations of 30 individuals from the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

The Japanese government will freeze the assets of the designated individuals/entities and it will require a license for any payments to the designated persons/ entities and capital transactions including deposit contracts, trust contracts, loan contracts etc. with the designated persons/entities.

The sanctions against the four designated banks (VTB Bank, Sovcombank, Novikombank and Otkritie) will come into effect on April 2, 2022.

In addition the Japanese government will strengthen export controls and technology transfer controls on any exports/ technology transfers to the Republic of Belarus.

The lists of currently designated persons/ entities of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus and the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics are available here, here and here.



ロシア連邦関係者(18個人),ロシア連邦の特定銀行(4団体) (VTB Bank, Sovcombank, Novikombank and Otkritie), ベラルーシ共和国関係者(7個人・2団体),「ドネツク人民共和国」(事象)及び「ルハンスク人民共和国」(自称)の関係者(30個人)を資産凍結等の措置の対象者として追加指定しました。






Junko focuses her practice on commercial and trade laws and regulations, WTO dispute settlement, civil and criminal litigation, antitrust law, bankruptcy law and general corporate law. She has extensive experience advising clients on issues involving trade remedy matters such as anti-dumping and countervailing duties, and import restrictions. She also advises on customs matters, classification and valuation issues, export control and sanctions, tariff treatment, FTA/EPA applications, public procurement, and handles antitrust compliance programs for clients.