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Abe welcomes announcement on Putin’s visit to Japan in December

Several papers wrote that during a meeting on Wednesday with former Lower House member Muneo Suzuki, who is well-versed in Russian affairs, PM Abe welcomed President Putin’s decision to visit Japan in December by saying that it is a very positive message.   Yomiuri speculated that Moscow announced Putin’s Japan trip ahead of Abe’s visit to Vladivostok for talks with….Read more

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U.S. wary of rapprochement between Japan, Russia

Yomiuri wrote that although Washington outwardly appears to be taking a wait-and-see attitude toward Putin’s Japan trip in December, it is wary of rapid reconciliation between Tokyo and Moscow since it may disrupt G7 unity in applying pressure on the Putin administration over the situation in Ukraine. DOS spokesperson Kirby said: “The U.S. is not concerned or worried about bilateral….Read more

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GOJ to adopt new approach on territorial dispute with Russia

Mainichi’s lead story claimed that the Abe administration has put together a new policy on the Northern Territories dispute, explaining that the GOJ would allow Russians to live on the four islands if Moscow were to accept that the contested territories belong to Japan. Some 17,000 Russians now live on the islands and they would be accorded a high level….Read more

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Japan eyes utility stake to strengthen Russian ties

TOKYO — Japanese investment in Russian state-run power company RusHydro and support for development of Russia’s Far East are among the measures in an economic cooperation framework to be presented by Japan at a bilateral summit Friday.   The outline includes specific steps to advance the eight-point plan offered by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at May’s summit. Abe hopes that offering….Read more

  • August 31, 2016
  • , Nikkei Asian Review , 3:16 a.m.
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Putin to visit Japan in December

Most papers gave front-page play to Tass and Interfax reports saying that Russian President Putin’s aide Ushakov told Russian reporters on Aug. 30 that Putin will visit Japan in December and that Moscow and Tokyo have agreed on the schedule. The Russian official added that Putin will discuss with Abe the agenda for his visit to Japan during their scheduled….Read more

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CCS Suga: Japan-Russia summit to discuss concrete plans for economic cooperation

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga stated at a news conference on Aug. 29 that at their summit meeting to be held in Vladivostok on Sept. 2, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Vladimir Putin “will exchange views on the present state of the bilateral relationship, including concrete plans for the eight areas of economic cooperation proposed by the Prime Minister,….Read more

  • August 30, 2016
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

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Japan, UK to hold summit next month

Yomiuri wrote that coordination is underway for Abe to hold a summit with British PM May on the sidelines of the G20 summit to be held in Hangzhou in early September. Abe is expected to urge London to take proper measures to minimize Brexit’s adverse impact on Japanese companies. The two leaders are also likely to exchange views on China’s….Read more

  • August 30, 2016
  • , Yomiuri
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Suga says leaders of Japan, Russia to discuss various bilateral issues

NHK reported this afternoon on PM Abe’s planned visit to Russia from Sept. 2 to 4 to attend an international economic forum in Vladivostok and a summit meeting with President Putin on Sept. 2. The network quoted Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga as telling reporters this morning that the leaders agreed in May to take a new and unconventional approach to….Read more

  • August 29, 2016
  • , NHK
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Japan, Russia hold peace treaty talks

Saturday morning’s Asahi and several other papers reported that Japanese Ambassador Harada and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Morgulov met in Moscow on Friday to hold talks on concluding a peace treaty ahead of the planned summit meeting between PM Abe and President Putin on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok next month. Asahi wrote that while Harada….Read more

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Japanese man detained on Kunashiri allowed to leave

Asahi wrote that a Japanese interpreter who was questioned by authorities on Russian-held Kunashiri Island was allowed to return home on Aug. 24. The interpreter had been detained after visiting the island under the bilateral visa-free exchange program.

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