Japan Aiming to Stop Imports of Russian Coal: Hagiuda

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Tokyo, April 8 (Jiji Press)--Japan will reduce its imports of Russian coal in stages and eventually aim to stop importing it, industry minister Koichi Hagiuda told a press conference Friday.

Hagiuda made the remark after the leaders of the Group of Seven major countries said in a statement Thursday that they plan to impose sanctions against Russia in the energy field in a coordinated manner, in the wake of the suspected massacre of civilians in Ukraine.

"We will keep in step with our G-7 partners," the minister said.

"We will respond appropriately in close cooperation with the international community, including the G-7, so that Russia will end its aggression as soon as possible," Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said at a separate press conference.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is set to hold a news conference on the matter at the prime minister's office on Friday evening.

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