21:02 GMT +3 hours31 May 2016
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan PM Says Summit With Russia Needed to Solve Territorial Dispute

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claims that Japan needs high-level talks with Russian leadership to resolve outstanding territorial disputes.

TOKYO (Sputnik) – Japan needs high-level talks with Russian leadership to resolve outstanding territorial disputes, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a press conference on Monday.

"You cannot solve the Northern Territories problem without a summit," Abe said, using the Japanese term for the Kuril Islands bordering the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean.

Abe issued the same calls for talks with Russia early last month.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was due to visit Tokyo in the fall of 2014, but the trip was postponed against the backdrop of geopolitical tensions. Putin met Abe on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Turkey in November.

Putin’s visit to Japan long touted for late 2015 has been postponed indefinitely.

Kunashir (known in Japanese as Kunashiri) and Iturup (Etorofu), as well as Shikotan and the Habomai islands, have been the focus of a territorial dispute between Russia and Japan for more than 60 years.

The dispute has prevented the two countries to sign a permanent peace treaty after the end of World War II.

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  • teddy j
    did abe inhale something monsanto concocted?

    that THING about the kurill and other islands -- under russian sovereignty --

    is OVER ! done --

    JAPAN -- YOU AGGRESSED ON RUSSIA AND ASIA -- decades ago -- and LOST your gamble...

    end of story.


    "that matter is a closed one" .

  • Don't give Japan a single millimeter or land.
  • poofipoofipoofi
    One of these countries lost the war and had three months notice that the Russians were coming, which was ample time to surrender. The other country won the battle for the islands and the war. To the victor goes the spoils.
  • This is a great chance for Russia/China to steal Japan from the hands of the great satan, a deal on Kurile, good politics for Shinzo. In return Japan to renounce all island claims against China and move towards Asia and away from the great satan. After all,that 2nd plutonium bomb was just on them as guinea pigs. The oppenheimer/WASPS of the great satan wanted to compare its efficacy vs the earlier Hiroshima uranium type , the comparison STILL remains classified lest the Japanese find out.= the real EVIL reason, why an extra 100,000 people were incinerated.
  • professor.hornblow
    It would be better to talk direct to the US as Japan has no independent strategic control over anything, including Okinawa (a rapists paradise for US marines)
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