People walk under cherry blossoms in a park in Tokyo on April 6. Japan’s cherry blossom season kicks off parties across the country and draws tourists from far and wide. (AFP)
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Alone among Asian nations, Japan has steadfastly supported economic sanctions against Russia for its illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula and ongoing three-year war in eastern Ukraine, which has killed 10,000 people.
Japan is also among the largest financial donors to Ukraine, providing $1.86 billion in economic grants or loans since the EuroMaidan Revolution that forced President Viktor Yanukovych to flee on Feb. 22, 2014.
It’s no wonder then that the media-friendly Japanese Ambassador Shigeki Sumi is frequently greeted with smiles and appreciation by Ukrainians.