The government of new Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga, who replaced Shinzo Abe, will not change the direction of policy towards Ukraine. This was stated by Japanese Ambassador to Ukraine Takashi Kurai in an interview with Ukrinform.
"There will be no changes in the course towards Ukraine in the Suga government," the ambassador assured.
According to him, during a recent competition for the post of head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, Suga announced that he would continue Abe's policies, including foreign ones.
Kurai recalled that during the period of Abe's rule, which lasted 7 years and 8 months, many contacts were established between Japan and Ukraine, and many cooperation projects were implemented. The ambassador is confident that this will be continued in the future.
In addition, the position of the Japanese government that the "annexation" of Crimea by Russia is illegal and one that Tokyo absolutely cannot recognize remains unchanged. Proceeding from this position, Japan never recognizes any actions, including "local elections" or anything else, that Russia is carrying out in Crimea on the basis that the jurisdiction of the Russian authorities extends to this territory.
On September 16 it became known that leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan Yoshihide Suga was elected the new head of the government of the country.
Before that, on the same day, the Cabinet of Ministers of Japan, headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, resigned in full.