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Japan should prioritize Ukraine ahead of oil supply diversification

Recommitting to Sakhalin-1 project would in effect help finance Russia's war

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A vessel leaves the Orlan oil platform at Sakhalin-1's offshore rig: Tokyo's misguided policy is set to become markedly worse.   © Reuters

James D.J. Brown is associate professor of political science at the Japan campus of Temple University in Tokyo.

Energy is central to Russia's war in Ukraine. Moscow cannot continue to finance its invasion without oil and gas revenues, which made up nearly half its federal budget last year.

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