Japan's Cabinet approved Friday adding 89 items, including materials and equipment used in the production of chemical weapons, to the list of goods and technology banned from export to Russia in response to Moscow's continued offensive in Ukraine, the trade minister said.

Parts or equipment used to detect and analyze chemicals such as pumps and compressors and devices for producing bacterial agents including centrifuges are also part of the items banned from shipment to Russia, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.

Effective from Oct. 7, the items covered by the new measures will be added to hundreds of goods such as semiconductors, communication equipment and cutting-edge materials that have been subject to export bans since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in late February.

"We will continue to impose strict sanction measures (against Russia) in close coordination with the international community including the Group of Seven countries, while keeping a close eye on the situation in Ukraine," trade minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters.

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