"(Russian) Trade with....(Japan) doubled...to $US 23 billion...exports...are likely to accelerate further because of Japan's need for oil and gas to replace lost nuclear power...oil imports from Russia rose from 0.7 percent of Japan's total in 2006 to 6.4 percent in 2010"
Source: Russia begins its slow, reluctant pivot to Asia
By David Pilling
Friday 14th September, 2012
The Australian Financial Review newspaper page 20