Japan to impose new sanctions on supporters of N Korea

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).