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Russia’s upper house speaker to visit Nagasaki

Sunday morning’s Mainichi reported that it learned from several diplomatic sources that Russia’s Federation Council Chairperson Matviyenko will visit Nagasaki during her stay in Japan from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3. Noting that she is a close aide to President Putin, the paper said Moscow is apparently seeking to highlight Japan-Russia rapprochement and drive a wedge between Japan and the….Read more

  • October 23, 2016
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France wants Japan to share 570 billion yen ASTRID reactor development cost

The French government has estimated that the new fast-breeder demonstration reactor ASTRID will cost roughly 5 billion euros (around 570 billion yen) to develop, and it wants to share that cost with Japan, it has been learned.   The Japanese government plans to conduct research with France on ASTRID (Advanced Sodium Technological Reactor for Industrial Demonstration) to develop a fast-breeder….Read more

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Editorial: Japan-Soviet joint declaration still serves as basis for territorial talks

Even now, the Japan-Soviet Joint Declaration can still be considered an official document to serve as an important foundation for Japan and Russia to advance negotiations on the issue of the northern territories.   Under the document, Japan and the Soviet Union ended a state of war and restored diplomatic relations. Wednesday marked 60 years since both countries signed the….Read more

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Abe to make one-shot bid to resolve territorial issue at Yamaguchi summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has held 14 summit meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin so far, including during his first administration. Among the leaders of the major powers, he seems to have “very good chemistry” with Putin.

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Russians have high hopes for Japan’s economic cooperation

Oct. 19 marked the 60th anniversary of the Japan-Soviet Joint Communique, which was the starting point of a new relationship between Japan and the Soviet Union (Russia) after World War II.

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Moscow holds event to mark 60th anniversary of Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration

Oct. 19 marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration (Declaration of 1956), which brought an end to the state of war between the two nations in World War II.   To celebrate this milestone, a commemorative event was held on Oct. 19 at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. Japanese Ambassador to Russia….Read more

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Putin to visit Japan as “distinguished guest on working visit”

Yomiuri reported on the MOFA announcement on Wednesday that Russian President Putin will travel to Japan in December as a “distinguished guest on a working visit,” noting that under this condition, the Russian leader will be accorded the “simplest treatment.” The daily explained that this arrangement is being made because Russia is still subject to G7 sanctions over Ukraine.  ….Read more

  • October 20, 2016
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Commentary: Habomai and Shikotan Islands unlikely to be returned

As a result of visiting Russia this month, I was disappointed by differences between Japan and Russia over the issue of Northern Territories. In Japan, there is an atmosphere of optimism to some extent toward President Putin’s visit to Japan scheduled for December. Pro-Japanese Russian experts whom I met, however, had pessimistic views by saying, “Even if Russia decided to….Read more

  • October 19, 2016
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Russian scholar: If Japan insists on return of four Northern Islands, it will get none

[Interview with Victor Kuzminkov, senior researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences, on the 60th anniversary of the Japan-Soviet Joint Communique of 1956]

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GOJ mulling foreign ministerial with Russia in early December

NHK reported this morning that MOFA is considering holding a foreign ministerial meeting with Russia in Moscow in early December in order to lay the groundwork for the planned summit between Prime Minister Abe and President Putin on Dec. 15 in Yamaguchi. The network also said Minister for Economic Cooperation with Russia Seko will visit Russia in early November.

  • October 19, 2016
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