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. https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/iransource/japan-strives-to-keep-importing-iranian-oil-despite-us-sanctions
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JAPAN STRIVES TO KEEP IMPORTING IRANIAN OIL DESPITE US SANCTIONS
Japan’s energy policy towards Iran has been an area of struggle for independence from the United States for four decades. Even when Japan tried to pursue its own energy policy towards Iran, the US has generally had the final say. From Japan’s point of view, however, the US stance towards Japan-Iran energy relations has toughened gradually since the 1979 revolution. In the early eighties, for example, Washington was not completely against Tokyo’s close relations with Tehran. At the end of 1980, even while Iran held US diplomats hostage, Japan kept importing Iranian oil. SACHI SAKANASHI READ MORE