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.
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.