Well hello there gas
yes we`ll take more even if
it rankles world-wide
The blue font here represents the cold reaction Japan may face in turning a blind eye to Russia`s dubious political procedures regarding Crimea. And turning a blind eye for the sake of a gas deal. I suppose it depends on how seriously Japan takes the sanctions that the US and the EU have imposed on Russia, mostly travel restrictions which is not really a huge thing (so not that seriously) and how they see getting on with neighbours through good politics (ahem). Talk about keeping in with the (huge, powerful) neighbours!! True, Russia`s state energy company helped Japan out a lot post March-11 by supplying extra gas (for free I think) but even so I don`t think this gives Japan the right to turn a blind eye to dubious politics next door. Especially when it might need help (from a huge powerful friend) in the future with any resulting trouble with a certain other (huge, powerful) neighbour.
Update: changed blue text font mentioned above to pink after changing blog theme.