Kuril Islands Northern Territories

August 07, 2019

Japan in the Russian Arctic

By Francesco Sassi
Japan's involvement in Russian LNG projects in the Arctic is a political gamble. Will it pay off?

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?
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.

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.

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.

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.
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?

February 14, 2018

Will 2018 Really Be a Breakthrough Year in Japan-Russia ties?

By Daniel Hurst
Despite Shinzo Abe's optimism, analysts predict more of the same in Japan-Russia relations this year.

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 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 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.

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