February 22, Thursday, 2024

1. The benchmark index for the Tokyo Stock Exchange set an all-time high on Thursday. It has taken more than 34 years for the Nikkei 225 to reach that level. Thursday’s trading saw it cross the 39,000 mark for the first time ever, reaching 39,156 at one stage.
2. Japan’s Foreign Minister Kamikawa Yoko has strongly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and called for bringing about lasting peace as soon as possible. Kamikawa was speaking at the G20 foreign ministerial meeting that opened in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. The participants include Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
3. The British government has imposed sanctions on six individuals in charge of the Arctic penal colony where Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny died last week.
The Foreign Office announced on Wednesday that the officials will be banned from Britain and their assets will be frozen.