Japan has announced today that it will be expanding its unilateral sanctions against North Korea by adding 9 entities and 26 individuals to its sanctions list (list of names yet to be published). The announcement comes a day after US President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to maximise pressure on the state.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters on 25 August that Japan had decided to freeze the assets of 4 Chinese entities, 2 Namibian entities, and 1 Chinese person for supporting North Korea. The new listings are said to be a response to North Korea’s continued violations of UN resolutions on ballistic missile tests, and the still unresolved issue of several kidnappings of Japanese citizens. Earlier this week, the US imposed its own secondary sanctions on Chinese, Russian, and Singaporean firms (see previous blog).