Abe Seeks Steady Progress in Territorial Talks with Russia (News)


Lima, Nov. 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday expressed hopes for steady progress in resolving a territorial dispute and concluding a peace treaty with Russia.

A path for a solution is "coming into sight" but making a big stride is "not easy," Abe told reporters after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Lima. Abe said he hopes to "make progress in a steady and step-by-step manner."

Abe told Putin that he has developed his thinking about the matter since they last met in September and that he wants to make progress in the talks with Russia, according to Japanese officials.

The Japanese prime minister told reporters that he and Putin discussed the peace treaty straightforwardly and that it is meaningful for them to have held thorough talks. He did not elaborate.

The dispute over four northwestern Pacific islands seized by Soviet troops from Japan in the closing days of World War II prevents Tokyo and Moscow from signing a peace treaty to formally end their wartime hostilities.

Japan, Russia Adopt Action Plan for Economic Cooperation

Lima, Nov. 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese and Russian governments on Friday released an action plan to give shape to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's eight-point economic cooperation proposal.

The action plan was adopted at a meeting of subcabinet-level officials in Lima the day before a summit between Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Peruvian capital, on the sidelines of a two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit from Saturday.

At the subcabinet-level meeting, Hirofumi Katase, Japan's vice economic minister for international affairs, and his Russian counterpart, Stanislav Voskresensky, agreed to speed up work to draw up specific measures under the eight-point proposal ahead of Putin's visit to Japan in mid-December.

Based on the action plan, the two countries are expected to sign in December a memorandum of understanding on bilateral cooperation in the medical field, in which the Russian side has a strong interest.

The memo is expected to include medical personnel exchanges and the establishment of a Japanese-backed hospital in the Russian Far East.

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