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Putin Offers Japan ‘Peace Treaty Without Any Pre-Conditions’
September 14, 2018
Putin Offers Japan ‘Peace Treaty Without Any Pre-Conditions’
By suggesting a peace treaty, Putin effectively urged Japan to give up its claims on the disputed Kuril Islands.
Putin Offers Japan ‘Peace Treaty Without Any Pre-Conditions’
Japan Asks Russia to Reduce Militarization of Disputed Kuril Islands
August 01, 2018
Japan Asks Russia to Reduce Militarization of Disputed Kuril Islands
Japan wants Russia to scale down its military presence on the disputed island chain.
Japan Asks Russia to Reduce Militarization of Disputed Kuril Islands
Australia's Asia Gas Conundrum
May 23, 2018
Australia's Asia Gas Conundrum
New gas projects across its north position Australia as Southeast Asia’s future energy supplier – but not without controversy.
Australia's Asia Gas Conundrum
The Third Annual Eastern Economic Forum and the Japan-Russia Summit
September 08, 2017
The Third Annual Eastern Economic Forum and the Japan-Russia Summit
Why Japan and Russia won't reach an agreement on the Northern Territories dispute.
The Third Annual Eastern Economic Forum and the Japan-Russia Summit
How Putin Outplayed Abe in Japan
December 23, 2016
How Putin Outplayed Abe in Japan
In this diplomatic sparring match, there was only one winner.
How Putin Outplayed Abe in Japan
How the Kuril Islands Are Testing Shinzo Abe's Statesmanship
December 22, 2016
How the Kuril Islands Are Testing Shinzo Abe's Statesmanship
The recent Russia-Japan summit could be best described as embarrassment for Abe and a major coup for Putin.
How the Kuril Islands Are Testing Shinzo Abe's Statesmanship
Russia-Japan Summit: No Grand Bargain Within Reach
December 21, 2016
Russia-Japan Summit: No Grand Bargain Within Reach
A mutually beneficial 'balance of power' based on territorial and security arrangements remains beyond reach.
Russia-Japan Summit: No Grand Bargain Within Reach
What Will a Kuril Islands Deal Between Russia and Japan Take?
November 07, 2016
What Will a Kuril Islands Deal Between Russia and Japan Take?
Japan looks to incentivize Russian interest in a deal over the Kurils by laying out several economic initiatives.
What Will a Kuril Islands Deal Between Russia and Japan Take?
Shinzo Abe Going All In on Improving Japan-Russia Ties
September 08, 2016
Shinzo Abe Going All In on Improving Japan-Russia Ties
Abe is committing a lot of diplomatic (and literal) capital to Japan-Russia relations. What will he get in return?
Shinzo Abe Going All In on Improving Japan-Russia Ties
Teenagers Abused at Australian Youth Detention Center
July 26, 2016
Teenagers Abused at Australian Youth Detention Center
The Northern Territory has the highest rate of youth detention in Australia. Inquiry needs to ask why.
Teenagers Abused at Australian Youth Detention Center
Putin to Visit Tokyo as Japan, Russia Restart Peace Talks
September 30, 2015
Putin to Visit Tokyo as Japan, Russia Restart Peace Talks
An Abe-Putin meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA again raised hopes for a peace treaty between Japan and Russia.
Putin to Visit Tokyo as Japan, Russia Restart Peace Talks
Japan Wary of Rising Russia Threat: Ex-Defense Minister
September 10, 2015
Japan Wary of Rising Russia Threat: Ex-Defense Minister
Former official notes Tokyo’s concern about growing provocations from Moscow.
Japan Wary of Rising Russia Threat: Ex-Defense Minister
Japan Scrambling Jets at Cold War Levels
January 22, 2015
Japan Scrambling Jets at Cold War Levels
Tokyo reportedly scrambling its fighter jets at record pace in the face of growing incursions.
Japan Scrambling Jets at Cold War Levels
A Putin-Abe Summit Doesn’t Threaten the US
August 27, 2014
A Putin-Abe Summit Doesn’t Threaten the US
Washington is quiet on the possible visit, and could potentially benefit from the talks.
A Putin-Abe Summit Doesn’t Threaten the US
Kuril Islands Dispute: Back to Gridlock?
August 14, 2014
Kuril Islands Dispute: Back to Gridlock?
It looks like the Kuril Islands dispute will head back to gridlock.
Kuril Islands Dispute: Back to Gridlock?
Russia, Japan Island Row Back
October 04, 2010
Russia, Japan Island Row Back
A dispute over the Southern Kurils/Northern Territories is refocusing minds in Japan.
Russia, Japan Island Row Back
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