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January 10, 2011 / Richard Smart

Japan and Sakhalin – Wikileaks

Japan has been involved in a territorial dispute with Russia since the end of World War II over islands to the north of Hokkaido, including and very close to Sakhalin.

Despite the Kuril Islands disputeThat hasn’t stopped Tokyo is still doing business with Sakhalin, according to one cable:

In a recent meeting with Embassy officials in Sakhalin, Shell oil representatives stated that no LNG (liquified natural gas) had been shipped from the Sakhalin II facility to the U.S. due to soft prices in that market. Much of this LNG has been shipped to Japan instead.

Business is business, after all.


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  1. Durf / Jan 19 2011 3:02 pm

    The territorial dispute has never extended to Sakhalin, except in the minds of some of the craziest “restore the emperor” righties.

  2. Durf / Jan 19 2011 3:04 pm

    EDIT: Meaning the postwar dispute, of course. Japan wants the smaller islands closer to the Hokkaido coast returned, but I’ve never heard of any postwar demands for the return of the big one.

  3. Richard Smart / Jan 19 2011 3:22 pm

    Thanks for this Durf. I’ll go in and do an edit now.

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