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    Japanese PM Calls for 'Constructive Involvement' of Russia in Int'l Issues

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    Shinzo Abe said that the international community needs "constructive involvement" of Russia.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the international community needs "constructive involvement" of Russia in the most significant international issues in order to solve them.

    "There are mounting questions the world is facing, such as Syria, the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and the Islamic State [militant group, prohibited in many countries, including the United States and Russia]. These are issues that have to be resolved by the international community. In order to do that, we need the constructive involvement of Russia," Abe said in an interview with The Nikkei and The Financial Times newspapers on Sunday.

    He added that though 70 years had passed since the end of the Second World War, Moscow and Tokyo had still not signed a peace treaty. According to Abe, he would like to have tenacious, persistent negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin to solve territorial issues and to conclude the peace treaty.

    Japan and Russia never signed a permanent peace treaty after World War II due to a disagreement over the Kuril Islands in the Sea of Okhotsk. All of the Kurils have been administered by the Soviet Union and later Russia since the end of the war, however the Japanese government still lays claim to the islands.


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    • avatar
      tony p
      If Russia handed back the Kuril Islands the US would likely put a base on them.
    • avatar
      The bigger picture: Japan has been continuously run by the Liberal Democratic Party since end of wwii (except two short disruptions). The reason is a deal made after defeat to US. According to the deal, US gets the shipload of gold Japan had stolen from southeastern Asian countries for years of occupation and sunk in the bottom of ocean. US gets to squat in Japan and watch Japan never becomes independent again.

      In return Japan keeps the Emperor system and prewar four zaibatsu groups (Mitsui, Mitsubishi, Sumitomo, and Yasuda) stay in power and run Japan's economy in the background but with a Kabuki theater democracy on stage. These zaibatsus (financial conglomerate families) ruled Japan for 300 years and were the engine of Japan's militarism (fascism) before wwii. Except Yasuda, the same groups still run Japan's industry and financial engine but in a more modern format.

      That's why nothing changes in Japan except with an incredibly docile and depoliticized public. People and intellectuals are highly educated, polite, kind, and nice but void of any original thoughts and absolutely hopeless to cause a genuine change in Japan's future. Japanese are loosely called "a people without philosophy."
    • Drain the swamp
      China/Russia should combine to steal this girlfriend of America, with trade,raw materials,markets,tourism,Kuril,etc. After all the US nuked them the second time just to test how a plutonium nuke compared to the uranium type used on Hiroshima.
    • Mikhas
      That subject is closed and he probably realize that but it would be political suicide for any Jap. PM not to bring it up.

      That said and still under US occupation, Abe and Japan dont want to be totally left out in the cold when it comes to the new Silkway and the powerful dynamics in the area set in motion by arch-foe China and Russia, most notably. Hence Abe´s proposals

      And besides, as Tony pointed out, Abe´s patron would be more than happy to fill the void with gigantic bases, should Russia evacuate.
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      Elsa JV
      And Abe suddenly found his voice! What happened to follow the US lead and apply as much sanctions as possible?

      He forgot he needed Russia and now he suddenly remembers? He can forget about the islands, it belongs to Russia -- Abe should make peace with it and move on.
    • avatar
      Japan is trying to move Russia into the US/NATO/Japan way of thinking on a number of international issues such as the nuclear issue with the DPRK, the Kuril Islands, Syria, Ukraine etc.. I am sure that Abe is working under orders from Washington as the US, Germany effort in this regard has failed. When Abe refers to "constructive" he means favorable to the interests of the United States/NATO alliance not Russian interests. If Japan wants a peace agreement then let them reinstate the "pacifist" provisions of their constitution and quite following the orders of Washington.
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