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Abe bids farewell to Russian envoy to Japan

Nikkei wrote that Prime Minister Abe on Thursday night attended a sendoff party in Tokyo for Russian Ambassador to Japan Afanasiev, who is expected to leave his post shortly. Pointing out that it is extremely unusual for an incumbent prime minister to take part in this type of event, the article said the attendance reflected Abe’s strong desire to resolve the Northern Territories dispute with President Putin.  

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