Come on, Japan, just drop the pretenses with your overlords would you please, and dump the Anglo-Americans to realign with interests in your own back yard like with Russia and China? Royal Dutch Shell gave you a signal when Royal Dutch Shell this past July, 2015, agreed to sell a 33.24 percent stake in the Japanese refiner Showa Shell Sekiyu to Idemitsu Kosan for about ¥169 billion. Royal Dutch Shell is one of the largest corporations in the world and had US$427 billion in revenue in 2014. The Anglo-Dutch company is planning more asset disposals as it pushes ahead with its proposed $70 billion acquisition of BG Group (British Gas), bringing total asset sales between 2014 and 2018 to $50 billion. Japan will probably end up buying LNG through BG since BG is a major player in natural gas production in Qatar which is where Japan buys most of its LNG gas from. Japan is a prisoner of energy cartels and requires them to be extremely cautious diplomatically as to how they develop relations with Saudi Arabia and Russia. Japan is heavily invested in the energy sector in both Russia and Saudi Arabia. Jostling back and forth between Saudi Arabia and Russia for its energy needs Japan must be constantly on the edge. Well, not Japan per se, but its major corporations the Japanese grovel to for their existence. Just days ago after Royal Dutch Shell announced its move to natural gas by purchasing BG, Royal Dutch Shell cut loose 2,800 employees. This is in addition to the 7,500 jobs Shell cut this past July, 2015.
Went to the gas station today and filled the car up with gas which is at ¥109 to the liter (self-serve gasoline stand), the lowest price it has been since 2009. Saudi Arabia and Russia are practically in a proxy war over gas prices as Russia started bombing Saudi-financed mercenaries in Syria. There is an increasing dependence on natural gas especially for the Japanese who import all of their energy needs in the form of natural gas converted to LNG which adds additional costs to production. In another development just this past November, Idemitsu Kosan Co. agreed to take over the smaller refiner Showa Shell Sekiyu in a deal worth about $4 billion that will create Japan’s second-biggest refiner by capacity. Because of Japan’s shrinking population, this translates to fewer Japanese driving, so Japan’s five largest refining firms and three smaller ones are vying for business increasingly opting for more fuel efficient vehicles.
This also leads me to speculate as to why Japan has now gone on the offensive in this fake “war on terrorism” after Japan’s constitution was overruled by corporate power allowing Japan to mobilize its military outside of Japan. The Japan government has just organized an “international anti-terrorism intelligence ops” for potential overseas deployment. Why would Japan organize an elite anti-terrorism unit for potential overseas deployment when Japan has never had a domestic case of terrorism related to any “Muslim terrorist threat?” Who is putting the screws to Japan or are they doing this to themselves?