Search: Russia,Japan,Kuril Islands (12 materials)


Can Eternal Uncertainty Turn into Eternal Peace? Vladimir Nelidov’s Lecture on Russia-Japan Relations

... lecturer, there were many speculations in the media that Moscow intends to follow Article 9 of the Declaration: to sign a peace treaty with Japan and to hand over Shikotan and Habomai islets. Nelidov urged to be skeptical about this kind of assumptions: Russia and Japan continue to adhere to divergent positions on the fate of the Kuril Islands, and the situation is unlikely to change in the near future. The expert also noted that when analyzing Russian-Japanese territorial dispute, it is important to take into account the domestic political factor. According to the lecturer, Abe’s ...


Russia-Japan Dialogue: The Sanctions Factor

... compromise on the islands in exchange for investment and a new level of relations. Tokyo, too, will find it difficult to do much to change the situation, even if it has the political will to do so. The exterritorial nature of the US sanctions will impede Russia-Japan cooperation regardless of what the dialogue on the Kuril Islands results in. It appears that the Russian diplomats are well aware of this prospect. However, throughout history Japan has demonstrated a high level of adaptation to US sanctions, if they interfered with its interests. For example, Japan was ...


Asymmetry and Development of Russia-Japan Relations

... peace treaty and resolving the territorial issue in the shortest possible time [ 1 ], while Russia stresses building a solid foundation for bilateral relations and an atmosphere of trust. Vladimir Nelidov: Regional Security in Northeast Asia and the RussiaJapan–U.S. Triangle The two countries’ leaders discussed conducting joint economic activities on the four Kuril Islands in five priority areas and agreed that a third delegation of Japanese businesspersons and officials would visit the islands this year. In addition, as in 2017, there will be a special chartered flight for Japanese citizens wishing to visit ...


RussiaJapan Political Dialogue at the Highest Level: Opportunities and Perspectives

... focus of the political game for the Japanese political establishment is, and has always been, the territorial delineation of the Kuril Islands, which from the Japanese perspective is an issue of the Northern Territories lost to the Soviet Union in 1945 as a result of the Second World War. Even though it has not been stated officially (as was the case with the famous eight-point plan of cooperation with Russia put forward by Abe in 2016), there is a tacit understanding among Japanese politicians that any steps taken to resolve ...


RussiaJapan: Smaller Steps for Bigger Results

How can joint economic activity on the Kuril Islands help resolve disputes between Japan and Russia and address the peace treaty issue? With Russia-Japan relations being all over the news and Shinzo Abe visiting Moscow, future economic cooperation and economic activity on the Kuril Islands is on top of the agenda for both countries. The RIAC ...


Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe: Moving Upward

... the first day of the visit, when asked whether the economic activity will be conducted according to Russian legislation, Aide to President Ushakov responded : “Of course, it is the territory of the Russian Federation.” Without any doubt, not only Russia will benefit from Japanese capital being pushed actively to Kuril Islands and Sakhalin Oblast. According to Russia’s regional authorities, Japanese investors will receive all possible discounts available for those investing in Russia’s Far East. The more promising areas for cooperation include fishery, creating ...


Russia and Japan: Has the Process Begun?

... neglected in terms of social and economic development. And it is completely natural that a new programme of priority development has been adopted, something that in my opinion has nothing to do with international politics, much less relations between Russia and Japan. All the more so because we are talking about the Kuril Islands, rather than individual islands that Tokyo has laid claim to. Dmitry Streltsov Taken in the international context, however, I don’t think we should attach too much significance to Medvedev’s announcement against the background ...


Sakura Branch behind Frosted Shutters

... a joint Soviet-Japanese declaration with Nikita Khrushchev in 1956 which is still used as a guideline for the official position of the Russian Foreign Ministry, failed to justify. In an outburst of anger, Hatoyama's successor Naoto Kan even recalled Japan’s ambassador from Russia in response to President Dmitry Medvedev’s trip to the Kuril Islands. However, the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident unwittingly brought relations out of the dead end, as Japan set a course for abandoning nuclear power and for replacing it with natural gas in particular, which made Russia a natural partner....


More than the Islands

... received an invitation to visit Japan in June 2015 to discuss the ongoing Kuril Islands dispute. The historical dispute over the South Kuril Islands has been simmering for more than 50 years, since the end of WWII. Will 2015 see a breakthrough in the RussiaJapan relationship from the perspective of territorial ownership of the South Kuril Islands? Or will the focus be shifted to other aspects of the bilateral relations during the President’s visit? Prof. Dmitry Streltsov , DSc (Hist.), Head of the Department for Oriental Studies at the Moscow State Institute of International ...


Japanese Nationalism: an Obstacle to Better Relations with Russia?

... Russia. The 24th Olympic Games opened in Sochi last Friday, and were also the reason given by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his visit to Russia. On the other hand, that same day, 7 February, is known in Japan as Northern Territories Day, referring to Japan’s dispute with Russia over the South Kuril Islands. How would you comment on this rather unusual step by Prime Minister Abe? What reaction might it cause in Japan or in Russia? What are the prospects for Russo-Japanese relations? I would like to note, first of all, that the meeting between ...


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  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
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    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
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