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Gov’t concerned about suspended U.S.-Russia talks’ impact on Japan’s peace treaty with Russia

Concerns are growing within the Japanese government that the U.S. suspension of talks with Russia over a ceasefire deal in Syria may affect ongoing negotiations between Japan and Russia on the conclusion of a peace treaty. There is a possibility that the U.S. may ask its ally to keep its distance from Russia. Japan will explain again to the U.S. the significance of….Read more

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Commentary: Do not lose opportunity to conclude EPA

In negotiations for economic cooperation, in which national interests conflict, such diverse dynamics as political, economic, and diplomatic operate. Losing multidimensional perspectives might lead negotiators to a wrong direction.

  • October 4, 2016
  • , Sankei , p. 6
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Kishida says U.S.-Russia relations will not affect Japan’s talks with Russia

Tuesday evening’s Yomiuri wrote that Foreign Minister Kishida commented during a news conference on Tuesday on the U.S.’s suspension of talks with Russia over a ceasefire in Syria. When asked by a reporter whether the deteriorating relations between Washington and Moscow will affect Japan’s talks with Russia, Kishida said that he does not expect that U.S.-Russia relations will be discussed….Read more

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Interview with ex-Vice Foreign Minister Saiki on the Northern Territories negotiations

During debate in the House of Representatives Budget Committee on Oct. 3, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe clarified his position of pushing forward with negotiations with Russia on the ownership of the Northern Territories, not linking them with sanctions against Moscow following its annexation of Crimea. Abe had informed the U.S. government of this policy immediately after Russia’s annexation of Crimea….Read more

  • October 4, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 3
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“Seiron” column: PM Abe’s policies toward Russia counterproductive

Is Russia going to return the Northern Territories?

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Japan informs U.S. it will keep Northern Territories issue separate from sanctions on Russia

Asahi front-paged a report saying that it has learned from former Vice Foreign Minister Saiki that the Abe administration decided to keep Japan’s discussions with Russia on the Northern Territories separate from international sanctions on Moscow and informed the U.S. government of this policy immediately after Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. The paper wrote that Prime Minister Abe sent….Read more

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Japan, Russia to hold strategic dialogue

Yomiuri wrote that Japan and Russia have decided to hold a bilateral strategic dialogue between their vice foreign ministers next week in Moscow. This will be the first time for the two nations to hold such a meeting since February 2013. The senior Japanese and Russian officials are expected to discuss the Northern Territories and Japan’s 8-point economic assistance package….Read more

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Abe confirms Japan’s position on Northern Territories unchanged

NHK reported that Prime Minister Abe stated during a Lower House Budget Committee meeting on Monday that there has been no change in Japan’s position of seeking the return of all four islands of the Northern Territories. “They are integral part of Japan,” said Abe. “We will seek to resolve the issue of the sovereignty of the four islands and conclude….Read more

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Japan to dangle aid in front of Russia in territorial talks

TOKYO — Driven by a desire to resolve a decades-old territorial dispute, the Japanese government is preparing to offer an unprecedented level of economic cooperation to Russia ahead of their summit in Japan later this year.   Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko, who doubles as minister for economic cooperation with Russia, will visit the country around November to lay….Read more

  • October 1, 2016
  • , Nikkei Asian Review , 5:00 a.m.
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Putin aides visiting Japan to pave way for talks

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Three of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aides are visiting Japan this month and next, ahead of the Russian leader’s arrival for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, scheduled for December.   Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich attended an international conference on science and technology in Kyoto from Sunday. Valentina Matviyenko, chair of the Federation Council, and….Read more

  • October 02, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 11:00 p.m.
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