The Japanese government on Thursday decided to freeze additional assets in Japan held by Syrian individuals and organizations in view of the current international situation surrounding Syria, the Foreign Ministry announced.
The new measures effective Thursday, approved at the Cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, include a freeze on the assets of three individuals and six entities who are considered related to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
The six organizations include Military Housing Establishment, Real Estate Bank and Scientific Studies and Research Center, according to the ministry.
Tokyo has repeatedly urged the Syrian government to immediately cease the use of force against civilians, which has caused many deaths and injuries among the general populace.
With Thursday’s additional sanctions, Japan freezes the assets of a total of 18 Syrian individuals and 12 entities “in order to contribute to the international efforts for international peace aimed at the resolution of this issue,” the ministry said.