The Government of Japan maintains the staunchest stance on condemnation of Russian aggression against Ukraine, non-recognition of the annexation of the Crimea, and on the comprehensive support of Kyiv to defend its rights in the international arena and domestic reforms. This was stated by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Shigeki Sumi during a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman. The meeting took place on the occasion of completion of his diplomatic mission in Ukraine.
"I came to Ukraine right after the Revolution of the Dignity. Japan has always defended the principles of territorial integrity of Ukraine, condemned the annexation of the Crimea and aggression in Donbas. I assure you that this position will continue to remain unchanged, " the diplomat emphasized.
"We have always felt and feel the support of Japan in both political and economic areas. We must continue to develop friendly relations because we have many promising spheres for cooperation", the Prime Minister stressed in turn.
In the spring of 2014, Japan became one of the first countries to recognize the threat of Russian aggression. In March 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan issued a statement calling on the Kremlin to comply with international law, in particular, the Black Sea Fleet Agreement Between Russia and Ukraine and to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. At the same time, Japan joined the statement of the G-7, condemning Russia's actions against Ukraine, and also adopted a decision to impose sanctions against the Russian Federation, which were strengthened during 2014.
Over the past four years, the Government of Japan has granted financial assistance to Ukraine to the tune of over $ 1.7 billion. Another sum over $ 40 million of direct aid has been granted for the projects of the reconstruction of the eastern regions of Ukraine and the rehabilitation of the affected population.
The development of mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation remains an important priority on the agenda of the two countries. Foreign direct investment from Japan to Ukraine, as of July 1, 2018, amounted to $ 144.2 million. And taking into account the direct investments of branches of Japanese corporations located in Europe, Japanese investments into the Ukrainian economy reach $ 300 million.
One of the promising areas of cooperation between Ukraine and Japan is the implementation of major infrastructure projects.