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Tokyo, Moscow differ over joint economic activities in Northern Territories

Asahi wrote that members of Japan’s public-private mission on joint economic activities in the Northern Territories held a meeting on Wednesday with officials of Sakhalin Oblast, which effectively controls the disputed islands. The Japanese delegation led by Prime Minister Abe’s Special Advisor Hasegawa agreed with the Sakhalin officials on a plan for a group of Japanese experts to visit the islands in late June. The paper wrote, however, that major differences remain between the two nations because although Tokyo is hoping that the envisaged joint economic activities will help pave the way for resolving the territorial dispute, Moscow is giving priority to obtaining economic cooperation from Japan.

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