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“Seiron” column: Rethink optimistic view of Russia

Two things were noteworthy about the Japan-Russia summit on Sept. 2: first, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s great enthusiasm and energy for building his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and for bilateral economic cooperation; and second, the gap between the two countries’ position and perception on the territorial issue.

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Japan, Russia agree to expedite talks on development in Russian Far East

Mainichi wrote that METI Minister Seko held talks with a visiting Russian cabinet minister on Wednesday and agreed to accelerate bilateral talks for the industrial development of the Russian Far East. The Japanese official stressed that President Putin’s planned trip to Japan in December will present a great opportunity for further development of Russo-Japanese relations. Sankei ran a similar story,….Read more

  • September 8, 2016
  • , Mainichi
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Editorial: Japan-Russia territorial talks should be a priority leading up to Putin’s visit

There is a fair chance that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next visit to Japan will finally take place late this year. It will be his first trip to Japan as president in 11 years. His visit is a good opportunity to advance bilateral talks on the long-running territorial dispute over the four Russian-held islands known in Japan as the Northern….Read more

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Editorial: Principle of returning four islands must be upheld in negotiations with Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Japan in December. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to host Putin in his home prefecture of Yamaguchi.   The G7 nations and other members of the international community  have imposed economic sanctions on Russia since it annexed Crimea two years ago. Japan is a part of this community. The U.S. and other countries have been developing….Read more

  • September 4, 2016
  • , Sankei , p. 2
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President Putin says Russia has returned to negotiation table on Northern Territories

TV Asahi reported at noon that President Putin said on Tuesday in China that Russia “has returned to the negotiating table” on the issue of Northern Territories and that Russia will move forward with the negotiations on the Northern Territories based on the 1956 Japan-Soviet Joint Declaration which called on Russia to return the Habomai and Shikotan islands to Japan.….Read more

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Abe, Putin agree to expedite territorial talks

All Saturday morning papers reported heavily on the summit between Prime Minister Abe and Russian President Putin in Vladivostok on Friday, during which they agreed to meet again in Peru in November on the margins of the APEC leaders’ meeting and in Yamaguchi Prefecture on Dec. 15 in order to accelerate talks on the Northern Territories dispute. Following the summit….Read more

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Abe proposes holding annual summits with Putin in Vladivostok

All Saturday evening papers reported on a speech made by PM Abe earlier in the day at an economic forum, during which he proposed that he and Putin meet annually in Vladivostok to assess progress on bilateral cooperation for economic development in the Russian Far East. The premier called for President Putin to normalize bilateral relations by concluding a peace….Read more

  • September 4, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun evening edition
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Gist of Japan-Russia summit, Sept. 2

Following is the gist of the Japan-Russia summit meeting on Sept. 2:

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Putin praises Abe as a “distinguished politician”

When asked about relations with Japan at his news conference held after the G20 Summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that “Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a distinguished politician,” indicating his great appreciation for Japan’s proposals for economic cooperation.

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Japan firms keeping eyes peeled for business opportunities in Russia

Tokyo, Sept. 5 (Jiji Press)–Japanese firms are keeping their eyes peeled for emerging business opportunities in Russia following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s announcement of an eight-point cooperation plan with Russia in May. To help realize the plan, Japanese firms are aiming to accelerate investments in resources development and automobile-linked projects, as well as projects to build medical, housing and other….Read more

  • September 5, 2016
  • , Jiji Press , 4:01 p.m.
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