Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has stressed that the government will continue to work hard on concluding a peace treaty with Russia by resolving the bilateral territorial issue.
Suga spoke to reporters on Friday, one day after Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that Japan should consider Russian security concerns if progress is to be made in talks on a bilateral peace treaty.
Putin said Russia’s concerns are mainly related to Japan’s military cooperation with the United States.
Suga said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Putin share the strong will to put an end to the territorial issue by any means, without passing it on to the next generation.
He said the government will tenaciously tackle and work hard on its basic policy of concluding a peace treaty by resolving the territorial issue.
The Japanese government maintains that the four islands are an inherent part of Japan’s territory. It says the islands were illegally occupied after World War Two.
Abe and Putin are due to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka at the end of this month.
Suga said the two sides will continue their consultations so that the two leaders will be able to confirm progress in Japan-Russia relations, from the peace treaty to a wide range of issues.