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Shadow of Iran oil failure looms over Japan's Sakhalin decision

Pressure to leave Russia echoes Azadegan exit, which opened door for China

Exxon Mobil has announced it is exiting the Sakhalin 1 oil project. (Exxon Neftegas via Kyodo)

TOKYO -- Twelve years after leaving an oil field project in southwestern Iran under pressure from Washington, Japan finds itself in a familiar position, this time over an energy project in Russia's Far East.

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