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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is Russia’s Military Deploying 10,000 Additional Troops on the Kuril Islands?
By Franz-Stefan Gady
Russia’s defense minister intends to station a new Russian army division on the disputed Kuril Islands in 2017.
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.
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.
What Japan-Russia Rapprochement Means for the World
By Yo-Jung Chen
By warming up to Moscow, is Shinzo Abe playing right into Putin's hands?
Japan and Shinzo Abe's Gamble With Russia
By Yuki Tatsumi
Japan's outreach to Russia is risky, as it could end up alienating the United States.
Why Russia and Japan Can’t Solve the Kuril Islands Dispute
By Sarah Lohschelder
The deadlock is rooted in the entrenched positions of both sides.