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Abe voices hope for visit to Russia early next year

  • December 21, 2016
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All dailies focused on PM Abe’s speech on Tuesday, during which he expressed hope for traveling to Russia at an early date so as to accelerate bilateral peace treaty talks. He disclosed that during the summit meeting in Yamaguchi last week Russian President Putin invited him to visit Russia next year. Pointing out that Abe plans to visit Vladivostok next September, Yomiuri speculated that the Japanese leader may travel to Russia even before that.


In a separate story Yomiuri conjectured that the Japanese leader is looking to make a Russian tour at an early date in order to rebut mounting criticism that he failed to deliver any tangible progress on the Northern Territories dispute during Putin’s visit to Japan last week. It added that the Abe administration plans to launch an inter-ministry taskforce charged with implementing “joint economic activities” with Russia on the contested islands.

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