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Ex-Residents Visit Family Graves on Disputed Islets by Air (News)

Kushiro, Hokkaido, Sept. 23 (Jiji Press)—Former Japanese residents of disputed Russian-held islands visited family graves there on Saturday after traveling aboard a chartered plane from Hokkaidō. A former resident of the Japan-claimed northern islands prays before an altar at an Etorofu graveyard on September 23, 2017. (© Jiji) This marked the first air trip by former islanders to any of th…

Japanese Tourism Official Pins Hopes on Joint Isle Development with Russia (News)

Rausu, Hokkaido (Jiji Press)—Ikegami Miho, who works at a tourism association in Hokkaidō, pins high hopes on possible joint development between Japan and Russia of the four northwestern Pacific islands at the center of a bilateral territorial dispute. Ikegami Miho, at center, poses with other Japanese visitors and Russian hosts at a home in the Kunashiri town of Furukappu (Yuzhno-Kurilsk) on …

Abe Hopes to Visit Russia Early Next Year (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 20 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō Tuesday expressed his wish to visit Russia early next year to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin again. "We have no other way than directing the territorial issue to a solution while shaping a vision of a win-win future," Abe said in a speech at a conference hosted by the Research Institute of Japan, a Jiji Press a…

Japan, Russia Agree on Large-Scale Economic Cooperation (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 16 (Jiji Press)—Japan and Russia signed economic cooperation agreements in a wide range of fields on Friday that involve massive economic assistance from Japan to Russia. The agreements, based on an eight-point economic cooperation plan proposed by Japan, cover 12 intergovernmental and 68 private-sector programs. The number of private-sector programs is nearly double the initially p…

Japan, Russia to Begin Talks on Joint Activities on Disputed Isles (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 16 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Friday that the two countries will launch talks on conducting joint economic activities on four northwestern Pacific islands at the center of their territorial dispute in a way that does not undermine their legal positions on the issue of a peace treaty. While details of the econo…

Japanese Economic Cooperation with Russia Seen Reaching ¥300 Billion (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 16 (Jiji Press)—Japanese economic cooperation with Russia under an eight-point proposal made by Prime Minister Abe Shinzō in May is seen totaling some ¥300 billion covering over 60 projects, it was learned on Friday. The envisioned cooperation was discussed on the day at a working session of a Japan-Russia business conference in Tokyo on the sidelines of a two-day bilateral summit i…

Abe, Putin Discuss Joint Activities on Disputed Islands under Special Framework (News)

Nagato, Yamaguchi Pref., Dec. 15 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday discussed the possibility of the two countries jointly conducting economic activities on four disputed northwestern Pacific islands "under a special framework." During their five-hour talks at a hotel in a hot spring resort in the city of Nagato, Yamaguchi P…

No Deadline for Solving Islands Issue with Japan: Putin Aide (News)

Moscow, Dec. 13 (Jiji Press)—Yuri Ushakov, an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, indicated Tuesday Moscow's unwillingness to fix a deadline for resolving the issue of a Japan-Russia peace treaty including the territorial dispute over four Russia-held northwestern Pacific islands. Speaking to reporters of Russia's ITAR-Tass news agency and other media outlets, Ushakov said he believes it …

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 s…

Signs of Progress in Sochi? Abe-Putin Summit Points to Economic Cooperation, Territorial ResolutionSatō Masaru

On May 6, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian resort town of Sochi. At a closely watched meeting described by US President Barack Obama as a potential threat to G7 unity, the leaders discussed economic ties and the question of the Russia-occupied Northern Territories. Russian affairs and intelligence specialist Satō Masaru gives his take on the summit and what it could hint at.

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