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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.

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?
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.

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.

Japan in the Russian Arctic
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?

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?

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.
Will Japan and Russia Finally Settle Their Territorial Dispute?
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.

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.

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

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