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China will not be granted preferential rights in Russian Far East development: Russia’s first deputy prime minister

In an exclusive interview with the Nikkei on Sept. 3, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov revealed that Russia is working with Japan to develop a new comprehensive agreement to drastically increase Japan-bound exports of petroleum and natural gas, with an eye to President Putin’s December visit to Japan. With regard to China, which has been increasing its sway in Russia’s….Read more

  • September 4, 2016
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Economy Minister Seko to double as minister for economic cooperation with Russia

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Thursday that he has appointed Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko to double as state minister in charge of economic cooperation with Russia. The new ministerial position was created in order to advance economic cooperation with Russia, with which Japan is engaged in an ongoing territorial dispute. Seko is charged with materializing the eight-point economic cooperation plan….Read more

  • September 2, 2016
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Japan to propose comprehensive energy cooperation with Russia

Nikkei gave top play to a report claiming that the Japanese government will propose to Russia wide-ranging cooperation in the energy sector, under which Japan will study investment in oil and natural gas development in the Russian Far East and Eastern Siberia as well as technical cooperation in decommissioning nuclear power plants. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is….Read more

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Russia welcomes Japan’s appointment of minister on economic cooperation

Yomiuri wrote that Russia’s Minister for the Development of the Far East Galushka welcomed on Sept. 1 Prime Minister Abe’s creation of a new cabinet ministerial post charged with promoting economic cooperation with Russia by saying that the move apparently shows the Japanese government’s intention to accelerate and expand Japan’s economic relations with Russia.

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Poll: 57% of Russians aware of Northern Territories talks

Yomiuri and Nikkei wrote that MOFA released on Sept. 1 the results of its public opinion survey of the Russian people’s sentiments toward Japan conducted from March through April. Some 57%, down 19 percentage points from the precious survey in 2010, said that they were aware of the Northern Territories negotiations between Japan and Russia. Among those who said they….Read more

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PM Abe creates new ministerial post overseeing economic cooperation with Russia

NHK, NTV, and TV Asahi reported that PM Abe has decided to create a new cabinet ministerial post charged with promoting economic cooperation with Russia and tap Economy, Trade, and Industry Minister Seko to concurrently take up the new portfolio. TV Asahi said that by demonstrating Japan’s stance of promoting economic cooperation with Russia, PM Abe is aiming to make….Read more

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A review of Abe’s diplomacy toward Russia

On Aug. 13, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was on his summer vacation, announced at a meeting with his supporters at his home in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, that he intends to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit his hometown. Accommodation at a hot spring inn and visits to major historical sites are also planned.   Putin’s assistant (for foreign….Read more

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Cartoon: Putin’s Japan trip

  • September 1, 2016
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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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