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GOJ to adopt new approach on territorial dispute with Russia

Mainichi’s lead story claimed that the Abe administration has put together a new policy on the Northern Territories dispute, explaining that the GOJ would allow Russians to live on the four islands if Moscow were to accept that the contested territories belong to Japan. Some 17,000 Russians now live on the islands and they would be accorded a high level of autonomy under Japanese sovereignty. This new approach will probably be discussed when PM Abe meets with President Putin in Vladivostok tomorrow. While calling the approach a significant policy turnaround meant to achieve a breakthrough in the decades-long deadlock on the territorial dispute, the daily predicted that negotiations will probably not go smoothly. 

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