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

... 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

... Japan’s diplomacy implies by default that solving the so-called “territorial issue” will create new conditions for commercial relations between the two countries. Russia is prepared for speeding up such relations regardless of the discussion on the Kuril Islands. However, there are many pitfalls on the road to a new quality of economic relations. The problem of the sanctions against Russia is one of the most urgent. Ivan Timofeev: Political Multipolarity vs. Economic Unipolarity: 2018 Results and ...


Asymmetry and Development of Russia-Japan Relations

... solid foundation for bilateral relations and an atmosphere of trust. Vladimir Nelidov: Regional Security in Northeast Asia and the Russia–Japan–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 ...


Russia–Japan Political Dialogue at the Highest Level: Opportunities and Perspectives

... these relations will definitely see the inherent asymmetry of the parties’ positions and interests. On the one hand, the 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 ...


Russia–Japan: 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 ...


Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe: Moving Upward

... long-standing dispute settlement. Dmitry Streltsov comments on Vladimir Putin’s visit. First and utmost, the parties confirmed their commitment to peace treaty signing. The route to achieve this goal was chosen too: to conduct joint economic activity in the Kuril Islands, which would create conditions to solve the peace treaty problem. It was decided to immediately start consultations on seeking special regime to ensure Japan’s economic presence in the Islands. The leaders’ statements note that through ...


Russia and Japan: Has the Process Begun?

It was reported in the press last week that Dmitry Medvedev would be paying a visit to the Kuril Islands, a move that has received harsh criticism in Tokyo. All this is unfolding against the background of President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming visit to Japan. RIAC expert and Head of the Department of Oriental Studies at MGIMO-University ...


Sakura Branch behind Frosted Shutters

... 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

In late May 2015, President Vladimir Putin of Russia was reported to have 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 Russia–Japan relationship from the perspective of territorial ownership ...


Japanese Nationalism: an Obstacle to Better Relations with Russia?

... 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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