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Japan exit from Sakhalin LNG would let China swoop in: ex-minister

LDP's Seko says Tokyo must be pragmatic on Russia sanctions regarding energy

An LNG ship arrives at a port in Sodeshicho, Shizuoka. Japan has been investing for years in Russia's Sakhalin oil and gas projects to reduce its dependence on Middle East energy.  

TOKYO -- Japan needs to be pragmatic about its energy procurement and think twice about leaving a Russian natural gas project, a senior politician in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said on Sunday.

Hiroshige Seko, the party's upper house secretary general and a longtime minister for economy, trade and industry, said that Japan has been investing for years in the Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 offshore oil and gas developments, "even before we knew if there was gas or not."

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