For Japan’s leaders, Russian gas is also a home affair

TOKYO – The global crisis over the Russian invasion of Ukraine is also a homeland crisis for the Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishidabecause voters in his Hiroshima district depend on Russian gas to cook their dinner.

Japan and European nations exempted Russian natural gas and oil from the sanctions they imposed after President Vladimir Putin started the war in Ukraine, allowing Putin to keep his main source of foreign exchange. Mr. Kishida says Japan’s energy security would be threatened by a sudden shutdown.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/for-japans-leader-russian-gas-is-a-hometown-affair-11648454089 For Japan’s leaders, Russian gas is also a home affair

Ethan Gach

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