July 11, 2017
Abe, Putin Meet at G-20 as Disputed Northern Territories Recede Into Distance
By James D.J. Brown
Despite Japan's "new approach" to relations, Russia's position on the disputed islands has hardened.
June 13, 2017
Shinzo Abe: Ideologue or Pragmatist?
By Dmitry Filippov
Japan's prime minister isn't nationalistic so much as realistic.
May 25, 2017
Abe’s Diplomacy at a Crossroads: The Hidden Side of the Japanese-Russian Summit
By Akihiro Iwashita
The Japanese PM’s approach to Russia is looking increasingly risky.
May 22, 2017
Russo-Japanese Relations On Track for Confidence Building
By Taisuke Abiru
Don’t expect major breakthroughs anytime soon, but recent summits have moved the relationship forward.
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.
December 31, 2016
Putin’s Visit to Japan and the Russia-Japan Summit
By Shinji Hyodo
The two leaders take another step towards the conclusion of a peace treaty.
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.
December 21, 2016
Russia-Japan Summit: No Grand Bargain Within Reach
By Jeremy Maxie
A mutually beneficial 'balance of power' based on territorial and security arrangements remains beyond reach.
December 17, 2016
No Peace Deal for Russia and Japan, But Slow Progress
By Bob Savic
Siberian energy deals are set to warm Japan-Russia ties while the peace treaty is put on ice.
December 07, 2016
Don’t Expect Surprises From Vladimir Putin’s Visit to Japan
By Dmitry Filippov
Japan is hoping for a breakthrough on a long-standing territorial dispute. That's not likely to happen.
October 18, 2016
Kuril Islands Dispute: Russia-Japan Joint Administration on the Table?
By Ankit Panda
Japan denies that any talks for joint administration of the dispute island chain are underway with Russia.