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Japan’s Diplomatic Policy Outline Reveals Shifts on North Korea, Russia
May 02, 2019

Japan’s Diplomatic Policy Outline Reveals Shifts on North Korea, Russia

By Daniel Hurst
Tokyo appears to be giving itself more room to negotiate on longstanding issues.

The Details of Abe’s Proposed Peace Treaty With Russia
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?
Jonathan B. Miller on Japan's Foreign and Defense Policies Under Shinzo Abe
February 06, 2019

Jonathan B. Miller on Japan's Foreign and Defense Policies Under Shinzo Abe

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Diplomat speaks with Jonathan B. Miller on the future direction of Japan's foreign and defense policies.

Russia Toughens Stance in Island Dispute with Japan
January 14, 2019

Russia Toughens Stance in Island Dispute with Japan

By Vladimir Isachenkov
Russia and Japan agree on the need to improve ties, but major differences remain.

Russia Is Building Military Barracks on Disputed Kuril Islands
December 19, 2018

Russia Is Building Military Barracks on Disputed Kuril Islands

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan has officially logged protest with Russia over the construction of military barracks on the disputed island chain.

Putin Surprises Abe With Offer of Japan-Russia Peace Treaty
September 14, 2018

Putin Surprises Abe With Offer of Japan-Russia Peace Treaty

By Daniel Hurst
Accepting Putin's offer would go against long-standing Japanese position on the territorial dispute.

Putin Offers Japan ‘Peace Treaty Without Any Pre-Conditions’
September 14, 2018

Putin Offers Japan ‘Peace Treaty Without Any Pre-Conditions’

By Franz-Stefan Gady
By suggesting a peace treaty, Putin effectively urged Japan to give up its claims on the disputed Kuril Islands.
Japan Asks Russia to Reduce Militarization of Disputed Kuril Islands
August 01, 2018

Japan Asks Russia to Reduce Militarization of Disputed Kuril Islands

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan wants Russia to scale down its military presence on the disputed island chain.

Abe's Russia Trip Comes to an Underwhelming End
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.

A New Cold War With Russia Forces Japan to Choose Sides
April 23, 2018

A New Cold War With Russia Forces Japan to Choose Sides

By James D. J. Brown
How long can Japan keep up its balancing act between Russia and the West?

Russia Opposes Japan's Decision to Deploy Aegis Ashore
December 29, 2017

Russia Opposes Japan's Decision to Deploy Aegis Ashore

By Ankit Panda
Russia believes the deployment of these systems will undermine its interests.
Putin: Russian Force Buildup in Kuril Islands a Response to US Military Actions
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.

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