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Why Japan Is Getting Tough on Russia Now
June 03, 2022

Why Japan Is Getting Tough on Russia Now

By Tsuruoka Michito
Kishida’s response to the war in Ukraine has been surprisingly robust.

Japan’s Tangled Territorial Dispute With Russia
June 01, 2022

Japan’s Tangled Territorial Dispute With Russia

By Cristian Martini Grimaldi
In northernmost Hokkaido, residents can easily see Russian-held islands that once belonged to Japan. Some still hold out hope for the islands’ return.
Ukraine War: The Impact on Japan-Russia Relations
May 16, 2022

Ukraine War: The Impact on Japan-Russia Relations

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Jeffrey Hornung.

Japan’s New Diplomatic Bluebook: Revised by the Russia-Ukraine War
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?

Japan to Expel 8 Russian Officials, Impose New Sanctions
April 08, 2022

Japan to Expel 8 Russian Officials, Impose New Sanctions

By Mari Yamaguchi
Tokyo is taking a greater role in the international effort against Russia's invasion of Ukraine because of concerns about its impact on East Asia, where China's military has grown increasingly assertive.

Do Japan’s Sanctions on Russia Spell the End of Japan-Russia Diplomacy?
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.

Zelenskyy Appeals to Japan for More Sanctions Against Russia
March 23, 2022

Zelenskyy Appeals to Japan for More Sanctions Against Russia

By Mari Yamaguchi
Ukraine’s president called for Japan to ban trade with Russia in a virtual address to Japan’s parliament.
What Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Portends for Japan’s Northern Territories
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.

Amid Ukraine Crisis, Japan Toughens Stance on Russia
February 24, 2022

Amid Ukraine Crisis, Japan Toughens Stance on Russia

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s sanctions on Russia could spell the end of previous efforts to resolve the long-standing territorial dispute. 

What Does a Kishida Government Mean for Japan-Russia Economic Relations?
October 14, 2021

What Does a Kishida Government Mean for Japan-Russia Economic Relations?

By Andrei Kozinets and James D.J. Brown
Japan-Russia relations look set for a lull under Prime Minister Kishida. But there are good reason to continue economic cooperation in the Russian Far East.

Could Russia and Japan Finally Find Peace in the Pacific?
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.
The Challenges and Opportunities of Japan-Russia Economic Relations
February 20, 2021

The Challenges and Opportunities of Japan-Russia Economic Relations

By Zhuoran Li
On paper, Japan and Russia have complementary economies. In reality, trade and investment ties have been hard to forge.

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