April 25, 2022
Japan’s New Diplomatic Bluebook: Revised by the Russia-Ukraine War
By Daisuke Akimoto
Japan has changed its approach to Russia compared to past editions of the annual report. Has Tokyo given up on a peace treaty with Moscow?
March 24, 2022
Do Japan’s Sanctions on Russia Spell the End of Japan-Russia Diplomacy?
By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s unprecedented sanctions on Russia have angered the Kremlin, leading Russia to cut diplomatic ties with Tokyo.
March 16, 2022
What Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Portends for Japan’s Northern Territories
By Aurelia George Mulgan
Tokyo appears to have finally realized that Putin has no intention of ever handing any of the disputed islands back to Japanese control.
June 09, 2021
Could Russia and Japan Finally Find Peace in the Pacific?
By Gabriel Gavin
The Kuril Islands dispute has kept Japan and Russia from ever formally ending the hostilities between them during World War II.
March 08, 2019
The Details of Abe’s Proposed Peace Treaty With Russia
By James D. J. Brown
What would such a peace agreement include and can it be delivered?
November 15, 2018
Will Japan and Russia Finally Settle Their Territorial Dispute?
By Dmitri V. Streltsov
A deal, based on the 1956 Declaration, is closer than it has been in decades.
June 01, 2018
Abe's Russia Trip Comes to an Underwhelming End
By Daniel Hurst
Japan's prime minister may finally have to give up hope of making progress on a long-standing territorial dispute.
June 05, 2017
Putin: Russian Force Buildup in Kuril Islands a Response to US Military Actions
By Franz-Stefan Gady
Furthermore, the Russian president does not rule out a U.S. troop presence on the disputed islands if controlled by Japan.
May 04, 2017
What's New in Japan-Russia Relations?
By Mina Pollmann
A recent summit had little to offer on a thorny territorial dispute, but added North Korea to the agenda.
March 01, 2017
Is Russia’s Military Deploying 10,000 Additional Troops on the Kuril Islands?
By Franz-Stefan Gady
Russia’s defense minister intends to station a new Russian army division on the disputed Kuril Islands in 2017.
December 23, 2016
How Putin Outplayed Abe in Japan
By Liubomir K. Topaloff
In this diplomatic sparring match, there was only one winner.
December 22, 2016
How the Kuril Islands Are Testing Shinzo Abe's Statesmanship
By Sergey Radchenko
The recent Russia-Japan summit could be best described as embarrassment for Abe and a major coup for Putin.