Japan poised to impose sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

Posted on AllSides July 31st, 2014
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When Vladimir Putin was preparing for another shot at the Russian presidency a little over two years ago, he said he would give a command to Russian and Japanese officials: “hajime.”

After half a century of frosty relations with Moscow, the order to “start” — using a word employed in the Japanese martial art of judo, in which Putin is a black belt — was well received in Tokyo. Even more so when Shinzo Abe returned later in 2012 for his second tenure as Japan’s prime minister and ordered his...

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